Out of 30 countries, Georgians alongside Americans, spend the least amount of time,
approximately an hour a day, on eating and drinking.
A survey was conductedin 29 countries, trying to find out the time population spends on eating and drinking during a day. The survey was conducted by OECD in member countries and several others as well.
Among the countries that participated in the survey, the French spend the most time on eating and drinking (2h and 13m), with Greek (2hand 11m)and Italians(2h and 7m) following close. For OECDmember states the average time spend on eating is about 1h and 32m
“IPM Research” asked Georgian population the same question and found out that average time spend by a Georgian respondent on eating during the day is a little over 1 hour. Namely, in women’s case it’s about 1h and 1m, while in men’s case it’s about 1h and 3m.
The common opinion that Georgians spend a lot of time on eating and drinking wasn’t confirmed by the research. As shown on the table, among surveyed countries Georgia, along with America, is on the last place by time spent on eating.
Despite the traditional Georgian cultural characteristics of eating and drinking, this data is due to the economic situation in the country. Data obtained in the scope of survey conducted by IPM Research in 2017 also proves this. According to its results, 36% of population said that in the past 6 months they couldn’t buy food despite need, while 21% was left without food.
While interpreting the results of time spent on eating and drinking in Georgia, the employment factor should also be considered (third of the survey participants –33%, is employed). According to dietitian Nata Gagua, time spent on eating and drinking is significantly reduced among people engaged in labor activity. Mainly, due to the labor hygiene violation: because of the large amount of work, it is frequent for employees to use time attributed for rest and meals to complete work, or to skip meals during work hours, etc. This type of working regiment dramatically changes the eating culture and, consequently, time spent on eating and drinking.