Indians love food so much that most of them just won’t go on a diet: Survey

Indians love food so much that most of them just won’t go on a diet: Survey

  • Most people in India just won’t compromise on their meals to stay thin, says a survey by a global research firm, Ipsos.
  • About 74% of the respondents said they were happy with their current weight.
  • While another 57% of the respondents say they consume only organic food.
In India, people would rather ‘eat well’ over sacrificing food to become ‘thin,’ revealed a survey by global market research and consulting firm, Ipsos.

According to the study, only a third (33%) of survey respondents believed that being thin is more important than eating well.

Interestingly, 74% of the respondents said they were content with their current weight. However, 57% have tried a diet to lose weight, but more than half (59%) think diet plans fail.

Exercise over diet

A surprising 67% claimed they would much rather exercise just so they don’t have to ‘watch what they eat’.


The survey also revealed that people in India now prefer to eat at home—even if it is restaurant food. With that, about 47% of the people would like to get their groceries delivered at home.

Additionally, 57% of the respondents have claimed they only consumer organic food. Most of them seem to recognise the touted benefits of organic, with 65% opposed to eating any food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

India also emerged as the one of three most optimistic countries where retail food costs are expected to be stable, with 47% of the people projecting a certain improvement in food prices in the future.

While eating well may be a mantra, it may not necessarily be an indication that Indians are consuming is healthy.

According to a National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) 2015-16, over half the population in India, especially women consume unbalanced die containing no fresh fruit, green vegetables, pulses or meat. The food pattern hasn’t change between 2005 to 2015, according to reports.

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