Seoul, July 20 (Korea Bizwire) – According to a recent investigation, Korean adults take in more calories on Saturday than any other day of the week.
‘Differences in Nutritional Intake’, a report issued by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shared the results from a survey of 12,308 people from 2009 to 2013. It concluded that survey respondents consumed the most calories on Saturday.
Men consumed an average of 2,587 kcal on Saturday, which was 169 kcal more than the daily average, 2,418 kcal. Similarly, women took in 103.6 kcal more on Saturdays (1,797 kcal) compared to their average intake (1,694 kcal).
The report showed that men and women both consumed more calories during the weekend, as Friday came in second after Saturday in terms of caloric intake.
Classified by age, people in their 30s showed the biggest difference between caloric intake on the weekend and weekdays. They consumed an average of 2,352kcal on the weekend, which was 197kcal more than the average intake on weekdays (2,155kcal).
Not only were people eating more during weekends, but they were also consuming higher-calorie foods, such as fried chicken and soda, more frequently. Ramen noodles were consumed 1.3 times more on weekends. The study noted that 18.7 percent of men ate ramen noodles on Sunday.
Koreans ate fried chicken 1.5 times more frequently on weekends, and the intake of soda more than doubled. The results of the study showed that 8.4 percent of men and 6.4 percent of women ate fried chicken on Saturdays, and 18.8 percent of men and 14.6 percent of women drank soda.
In addition, more men tend to drink on Saturdays, with 40 percent consuming alcoholic beverages, compared to Friday, when 36.6 percent of men drank.
The intake of alcohol and high-calorie food on the weekends lead to an increase in sodium intake as well. Men absorbed 5,895mg of sodium on average during the weekend, while women came in a bit lower at 4,168mg. These numbers were much higher than the average daily intake on weekdays (men 93.8mg, women 196.6mg).
The report suggests a large discrepancy between weekend and weekday eating habits, noting, “Men and women ate more high-calorie food during the weekend, leading to an increase in caloric intake.” It was also noted that “The intake of coffee wasn’t significantly different between weekends and weekdays. Also, men turned out to eat more fruits during the weekend compared to weekdays, while the intake of fruits by women remained similar”.
By Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)