Dutch Nationals pile on the pounds

11th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 October 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Dutch nationals gained more weight in the first six months of 2007 despite the fact that their diets are more varied and that they consume fewer snacks, according to a study published by Q&A Research and Consultancy and Euroforum.

11 October 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Dutch nationals gained more weight in the first six months of 2007 despite the fact that their diets are more varied and that they consume fewer snacks, according to a study published by Q&A Research and Consultancy and Euroforum.

Some 2,500 consumers participated in the survey.

The Body Mass Index (BMI) of Dutch nationals increased once again in 2007. According to researchers, the many government campaigns about a healthy lifestyle make people more aware of their bodies and lifestyles.

However, only a small minority transforms that awareness into action by increasing physical activity and curbing their appetites.

An overwhelming majority of 84 percent of Dutch nationals eats breakfast five times per week. This percentage is higher than measured during previous studies.

The Dutch eat more snacks in the mornings than previously, but fewer in the afternoons and evenings.

The total number of meals consumed per week remained stable at 28, seven more than the 21 required.

The number of Dutch eating out is declining. Those who dine at restaurants spend more money than in previous years.

Some 12 percent of the people polled said they ate snacks at least once a week in snack bars and similar eateries. By contrast, 25 percent said they have never even set foot in a fast food eatery.

[Copyright DPA 2007]
Subject: Dutch news

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