Almost 55% of Greek consumers have been on a diet this year and tried to lose weight not through a healthy diet and exercise, but by artificial means offered by weight-loss institutes, which are expensive and don’t always achieve the required result.
According to the same study, many consumers used dietary supplements. People who exercise or work long hours are under the impression that they must take dietary supplements. Unfortunately this has become the fashion, as few people realise that a proper diet provides all the necessary elements, while dietary supplements can often cause health problems.
The study also shows that Greeks always eat lunch, miss other meals and avoid fast food more than in the past. Compared to 2003, there was a 19% rise in fast food “deniers” and an 18% increase in those who don’t often eat it. There was also a drop in consumption of soft drinks and chips and a rise in fruit consumption.
There was also a 7% increase in Greeks who never eat out, as it’s now too expensive for people with a low income. 54.43% of consumers state that they have a problem with food safety and hygiene, 29.37% query the quality and 20.76% consider prices are too high.
80.25% of Greek consumers believe that food heath and safety checks carried out by government agencies are inadequate. 59.39% question the results of checks carried out, while 85.71% do not trust food industry self-regulation and believe that stricter controls are necessary.