SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — One third of South Koreans were found to skip breakfast, according to a recent study, as the ‘no-breakfast’ population has almost tripled over the last 20 years.
According to data from the 2018 National Health and Nutrition Survey released on Sunday, the proportion of South Koreans who skip breakfast increased from 11.1 percent in 1998 to 28.9 percent last year, up by 17.8 percentage points.
Among South Korean men, the proportion who typically skip breakfast decreased from 29.5 percent in 2017 to 28 percent last year.
Among South Korean women, in contrast, the proportion expanded from 25.7 percent in 2017 to 29.8 percent last year.
In addition, almost half of all South Koreans were found to take dietary supplements to stay healthy.
According to the survey, 49.8 percent of South Koreans said they had taken dietary supplements for more than two weeks in the last 12 months, almost double the value reported in 2005 (25.8 percent).
South Korean women were found to take more supplements (52.6 percent) than men (46.9 percent).
Over the last 20 years, men gradually consumed more calories, while women consumed less.
Daily caloric consumption rate for South Koreans over 1 year of age went from 1,934 kilocalories (kcal) in 1998 to 1,988 kcal last year.
For South Korean men, daily caloric consumption rate increased from 2,153 kcal 20 years ago to 2,302 kcal last year, while women consumed fewer calories, going from 1,729 kcal in 1998 to 1,661 kcal last year.
D. M. Park (firstname.lastname@example.org)