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Survey reveals poor eating habits of Indonesians

News Desk

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, December 26, 2017  /  08:05 am
Survey reveals poor eating habits of Indonesians

Many Indonesians are guilty of eating while doing activities. (Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia was ranked 14th out of 15 Asia-Pacific markets in the 2016 Health Living Index, a survey conducted by insurance company AIA, categorizing the country as being in poor health. reported that the survey also revealed the poor eating habits of Indonesians.

Check out the list below to learn more about some of the eating habits affecting Indonesians' health.

Eating while doing other activities

Indonesians, apparently, are guilty of eating while doing activities. The survey discovered that 86 percent of Indonesian respondents engaged in such behavior.

Eating while doing other things is not advisable as it can increase gastric acid, resulting in stomach problems. Furthermore, it is also said to increase bladder movement, as well as produce stomach gas and nausea, leading to bloating.  

Eating while walking

Seventy percent of Indonesian respondents said they also liked to eat while walking.

People are doing a number of other things while walking, such as watching their steps to avoid tripping. These activities are said to distract people from their food, which slows down the brain's processing of hunger signals.

Read also: Why eating while on the move is a bad idea

Late-night eating

Sixty-seven percent of Indonesian respondents admitted that they frequently ate at midnight.

Late-night eating is considered unhealthy as it contributes to weight gain. Furthermore, eating a large meal at midnight can disrupt sleep, causing light headaches during the day and acid reflux.

Skipping breakfast

Sixty-three percent of Indonesian respondents said they frequently skipped breakfast.

Clinical psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino said in her book, Find Your Focus Zone: An Effective New Plan to Defeat Distraction and Overload, that skipping breakfast may make it difficult for people to concentrate, as the brain needs sufficient energy to function properly. (jes/kes)