57% Pakistanis say they eat more when happy, Poll

Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 57% Pakistanis say they eat more when happy; 44% eat less when stressed or sad.

A nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “Considering the following conditions, do you think that in such conditions you eat more, less, don’t eat at all or does it make no difference?” Responding to this, 8% said they eat more when they are stressed, 44% said they eat less and 28% said they don’t eat. 18% replied stress does not make a difference and 2% did not respond. For happiness, 57% said they tend to eat more compared to 17% who said they eat less.

9% said they don’t eat anything and 16% said there was no difference. With regards to sadness, 5% said they ate more, 44% ate less, 37% did not eat anything and 12% said no difference.

6% of the respondents claimed they ate more when angry whereas 39% said they ate less, 35% said they did not eat anything and 17% replied it made no difference. When experiencing restlessness, 4% Pakistanis ate more, 43% less, 32% did not eat and for 18% it made no difference.

The study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2629 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during Jan 20, 2014 – Jan 27, 2014. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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