People in Singapore consume an average of 2,624 calories a day.
Singaporeans have been eating more and more over the past two decades – but why?
According to the experts, much of it boils down to people being spoilt for choice and opting for convenience over health. In other words, people are more likely to grab dessert or a snack between meals, just because they can. (Also Read: 7 Best Carbs to Eat Even When You’re Trying to Lose Weight)
Busy lifestyles also mean that many eat out, or opt for easy-to-prepare processed food, which is typically higher in calories.
In the 1998 edition of the National Nutrition Survey, the Health Promotion Board found that people in Singapore consumed an average of 2,062 calories a day. By 2010, this figure had gone up to 2,624. More alarmingly, the same study found that 59 per cent of Singaporeans exceeded their daily recommended calorie intake in 2010, up from 34 per cent in 1998.
But what is it about lifestyles and environments that have changed over the past 20 years? First, said Professor Jeyakumar Henry, Singaporeans are increasingly surrounded by a diverse plethora of food – and that can make them want to eat more.