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American Parents Eat 156 Meals a Year Standing Up

Because kids. Could there be another reason?


Hey you. Yeah, you. The one catatonically staring into the fridge-light-oblivion while you drink a packet of applesauce through a straw. Know that you’re not alone: A new survey found that every year parents eat a bit more than 13.5 percent of their meals either standing up or while on the go.

Conducted by One Poll on behalf of Jenny Craig, the survey attempted to understand some of the day-to-day health sacrifices parents make to raise a family. And, in addition to eating meals on the go or upright, it found that time-strapped parents often cut corners when it comes to healthy eating.

Ninety percent of the 2,000 parents surveyed said they make a less healthy meal choice due to time constraints. Another  25 percent claimed this was regular behavior. Nineteen percent of parents were willing to say that they feel “very healthy,” but that number dropped to 15 percent for moms.

Despite the numbers, 57 percent of those surveyed say that their children are actually the ones who are on the healthier diet. That could be evidenced by the 93 percent of parents who admit to late night snacking due to time constraints during the day.

Though the survey boasts the kinds of figures that a lot of parents can surely attest to, 2,000 people is a relatively insignificant sample size when more than half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 40-years-old have children. Not to mention, the value of eating three square meals a day is slowly but surely being undermined. Some research suggests that the three meals a day rule is very much defined by the rather unnatural nine to five work schedule. Certain experts suggest that it’s way better to just eat when you’re hungry.

In any case, you can rest assured that when, at the end of a long day, you’re digging into half a bag of gold fish and three already-bitten chicken tenders, you’re not the only one.