Is skipping dinner damaging your health?

With a large portion of us skipping meals every day, is this having a damaging effect on our health?


by Fiona Day |
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Researchers have discovered that more and more of us are skipping meals, with sit-down family dinners rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

According to new findings by BBC Good Food, one in three of us skips breakfast whilst nearly 20% of us miss lunch. Skipping dinner is also on the rise, with many people opting for snacks rather than a wholesome meal.

A worrying side effect of this trend is that over three quarters of us are NOT getting the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

BBC Good Food’s nutritionist Kerry Torrens told the Mail Online: “We increasingly seem to be a nation divided when it comes to health.

Most of us aren't eating enough of the right things (stock image)
Most of us aren't eating enough of the right things (stock image)

“Most of us are not managing 5 a day. Although many are close to the amount recommended per day, a sizeable minority seem to be way off mark.

“Cost is a big issue for many but it doesn't make sense to use vitamins and supplements when fruit and vegetables are a much cheaper, effective alternative.”

One of the best ways to make sure you’re NOT skipping meals is to plan ahead of time.

Sitting down with family for meals is also a great way to improve your relationships and reduce stress, especially since it involves stepping away from a screen momentarily!

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