The majority of Irish people (61%) are unhappy with their body weight, according to an online survey.
The survey also shows that more women (66%) are unhappy with their weight than men (56%), and that the vast majority of people (96%) believe that obesity is an increasing problem within the Irish population.
The Kellogg’s All-Bran Fibre survey showed that of the vast majority of people agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (93%).
However it is clear that some struggle to put that knowledge into practice, since 35% of individuals admit to skipping breakfast some days or every day.
When asked what they believed to be the biggest nutritional challenge facing the Irish population, almost a quarter (24%) listed ‘fast food’.
The survey also showed that while most Irish people (68%) agree that a high-fibre diet can enhance weight loss, the significant majority of individuals (88%) do not know how much fibre they should be eating every day.
“A diet lacking in fibre can have serious implications for digestive and bowel health, insulin levels and weight management,” said independent nutritionist Paula Mee.
“We know from research published by the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA) that more than 80% of Irish teenagers are not getting enough fibre in their diets and that well over half of the Irish population fails to reach the recommended intake of fibre.
“People should aim to include 25 grams of fibre in their meals each day.
“By adding a sprinkle of fibre rich food to your favourite cereal or including a handful when cooking an evening meal it is possible to significantly boost fibre in your meals.”
“As we enter exam time it is important for teenagers to ensure that they get into the habit of eating a nutrient-rich breakfast that will aid their concentration and keep their energy levels at an optimum level.”
The online survey was carried out by Empathy Research from May 26-27, and comprises of 502 respondents.