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48% of Pakistanis have 3 meals a day; 61% frequently eat bread for lunch

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3_meals_a_day_survey copyISLAMABAD: Nearly half (48 percent) of Pakistanis have three meals a day while 61 percent say that they most frequently eat ‘roti’ (bread) for lunch and 17 percent say they have rice most often, a survey has revealed.

In a Gilani Research Foundation survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked: “How many times do you eat in a day?”

Responding to this question, 48 percent of the respondents said thrice, 43 percent said twice, eight percent said once and one percent of the respondents said more than thrice a day.

A comparison between rural and urban localities showed that more urban respondents (56 percent) eat three meals a day compared with rural respondents (44 percent). Similarly, more women (53 percent) eat thrice a day compared with men (43 percent).

When the sample of men and women was asked: “In your household, usually what do you eat most frequently for lunch?”

lunch_food_surveyResponding to this question, 61 percent of the respondents said ‘roti’ and 17 percent said rice and 22 percent of the respondents said both ‘roti’ and rice.

Across provinces, the data revealed that more residents from Punjab (66 percent), Balochistan (65 percent) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (66 percent) consumed ‘roti’ for lunch as compared to respondents from Sindh (46 percent), most of whom were revealed to favor either rice (24 percent) or both rice and ‘roti’ (29 percent).

The study released by Gilani Foundation was carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International, among a sample of 2,661 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country between June 10 and 17, 2013.

Error margin is estimated to be approximately ±2-3 percent at 95 percent confidence level.

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