12.10.2021 – 07:35


Frankfurt am Main (ots)

Healthy eating habits not only make a lasting contribution to general well-being, but also reduce the likelihood of chronic illnesses. Accordingly, the goal of all Germans should be to integrate healthy and balanced meals into their everyday lives. However, a representative study by the digital insurance manager CLARK shows that not even one in two Germans (46 percent) consciously eats a balanced and healthy diet [1]. On the occasion of World Food Day, CLARK provides information on current nutrition trends, explains the health disadvantages of an unbalanced diet and gives practical tips on how to prevent the consequences of poor nutrition.

Germany is divided: The current nutritional trends

The way we eat changes over time. The most widespread trends at the moment are the vegetarian and vegan diet. The reasons for such a diet range from animal protection to environmental protection. For example, eight percent of the CLARK study participants stated that they consciously eat a vegetarian diet in order to live more sustainably. However, a vegetarian lifestyle can also have other advantages: for example, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or high blood pressure as a result of an unhealthy diet occur less often in vegetarians than in meat eaters [2]. In addition, the body absorbs less saturated fatty acids and cholesterol.

In contrast, however, there is another trend: Germans are eating fast food more and more regularly [3]. And one in five Germans (19 percent) is not aware of the acute health risks of consuming fast food. Another 32 percent of the CLARK study participants are of the opinion that excessive consumption of junk food can easily be compensated for by more exercise. This is a misunderstanding with grave consequences: you can’t work out bad nutrition! In addition to a lack of education, stress can also be a contributing factor to an unbalanced diet. For example, in the CLARK study, just 36 percent of the study participants stated that they make sure to eat healthily even on stressful working days. This is particularly problematic with regard to Corona, because the stress level of Germans has increased during the ongoing pandemic [4].

Prevent the consequences of poor nutrition

An unbalanced or unbalanced diet can lead to unpleasant complaints and illnesses. Well-known examples are cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, metabolic disorders, vascular diseases or too high a cholesterol level. Preventive medical check-ups in particular should therefore be attended to. However, they are not always covered by health insurance. “Health insurance patients are increasingly having to pay for preventive examinations and treatments themselves. For many people with statutory health insurance, it is therefore worthwhile to think about additional insurance,” says COO and co-founder of CLARK, Dr. Marco Adelt. “For example, statutory health insurance only offers its policyholders basic protection, also known as standard care,” Adelt continues. “A private supplementary health insurance helps to close potential gaps in the statutory health insurance,” said Adelt. Advice articles on the Internet give a compact overview of various supplementary insurances.

[1] Note on the study: The data used are based on an online survey by YouGov Deutschland GmbH, in which 1008 people took part between January 20 and 25, 2021. The results were weighted and are representative of the German population aged 18 and over.

[2] https://biomes.world/de/wissenswertes/ernaehrung/vegetarisch/pro-und-contra/

[3] https://eatsmarter.de/ernaehrung/studien/food-deutsche-essen-ungesunder

[4] Note on the study: The data used are based on an online survey by YouGov Deutschland GmbH, in which 2071 people took part between January 13th and 15th, 2021. The results were weighted and are representative of the German population aged 18 and over.

Press contact:

CLARK Press contact:
Moritz Widell
[email protected]

Original content by: CLARK, transmitted by news aktuell


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