A new study has revealed nearly half of all Kiwis skip
breakfast because of their busy lifestyles.
In a normal week almost half the nation skips breakfast even
though 42% of New Zealanders say they know breakfast is the
most important meal of the day.
The survey by Belvita, which surveyed 1000 Kiwis, found that
46 per cent skip breakfast at least once a week and almost a
third of breakfast skippers do it up to three times per week
- due in large part to hectic lifestyles and time-poor
Nutritionist Ginny McArthur said: "The survey shows the
impact that our busy lifestyle has on health and personality;
breakfast is being sacrificed in favour of other morning
priorities, resulting in nearly 80 per cent of Kiwis who skip
breakfast feeling some negative effect by lunchtime,
including lethargy, anger and difficulty concentrating.
"Aside from reduced workplace productivity, this means many
Kiwis will find themselves reaching for unhealthy mid-morning
snacks to counter the effects of skipping breakfast."
With nearly 40 per cent of New Zealanders eating breakfast on
the run at least once a week, the survey findings suggest
that for many Kiwis, breakfast is no longer the family
occasion it once was.
Ms McArthur added: "Our hectic lifestyle means the tradition
of sitting down to breakfast at the kitchen table is evolving
into a breakfast-on-the-go trend.
"The research replicated the same questions as a recent
Australian study so that comparisons between the two markets
could be made.
"The key difference between the breakfast eating habits of
Kiwis and Aussies is that Kiwis don't skip breakfast as often
as the Australian population (46 per cent versus 56 per
cent), but those who do forgo this meal, skip more often in a
New Zealanders who acknowledge that breakfast is the most
important meal of the day - 42 per cent
Sometimes skip breakfast because they are disorganised - 50
Admit to being negatively affected by the time they reach
lunch - 79 per cent
Those opting for the speedier alternative of eating
on-the-run - 39 per cent
Miss breakfast because they were too busy helping their child
or partner get ready for their day - 25 per cent
Minutes spent preparing and eating breakfast (when they have
it!) - 8.3 minutes
- By Melissa Hills for APNZ