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Do we eat less healthily when we eat out?

15 Sep 2017

With more than 480 fast food outlets in Singapore, it is no wonder that Singaporeans are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out.

In fact, fast food sales have increased by seven per cent over the last year. A study by Associate Professor Rob van Dam and Dr Salome Rebello, along with the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Health Promotion Board, also indicated that fast food sales have increased by more than 13 per cent over the past five years.

Worryingly, but not surprisingly, more than 70 per cent of young adults aged 18-21 eat at fast food restaurants every week. Children and young adults tend to prefer fast food, with their families accommodating their preferences when dining out to prevent waste. The evolution of modern technology, such as food ordering apps, has also made it easier for fast food to be delivered to one’s doorstep. 

The study also suggests that when eating away from home, people are drawn to convenience and affordability rather than the healthfulness and hygiene of food. Of course, Singaporeans are not limited to simply fast food outlets when dining out, given the wide variety of other local eating options including hawker centres and coffee shops.

With that in mind, the Health Promotion Board has initiated the Healthier Dining Programme at these places to encourage individuals to opt for healthier options when dining out.


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