The average number of takeaway meals Irish people eat in a week has been revealed
“Pure laziness” prevents just under 40% of Irish people under the age of 34 from cooking from scratch in the kitchen.
That’s just one of the statistics to emerge from a Super Valu Home Truths II report on the eating habits of Irish people that shows that young adults in Ireland are in danger of becoming a “takeaway generation”.
The report, which was developed in conjunction with Dr. Mary McCreery, consultant dietician nutritionist at Blackrock Clinic, Dublin, was carried out by RED C with a random representative of over 1,000 adults aged 18 and over.
Somewhat worryingly, it revealed that just under three in four (71%) of Irish people under the age of 34 admitted to having a takeaway at home at least once a week, with 50% of the same age group admitting to eating in a fast food restaurant at least once a week.
Older people are much better when it comes to their cooking habits, with the report finding that 60% of people over the age of 45 cook from scratch at home six times per week.
The wide-ranging report also found that nine in ten Irish people have a cheat meal every week; 82% of 18-34 olds eat a takeaway as their cheat meal, while 62% of 35-44 year olds eat a ready meal as their cheat meal each week.