One in three Irish people eat fast food or ready meals as their main meal at least three times per week, a survey has revealed.
The results of the survey indicate that Ireland is on track to becoming a fast food nation, with one in five Irish people having ready meals or processed food for their main meal at least three times per week.
The survey, carried out by The Wholefood Revolution, also found that two out of three people do not eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
Respondents to the survey, which was carried out among 900 adults living in Ireland, listed lack of time, laziness and poor willpower as the reasons stopping them from living a healthy lifestyle.
As we begin to set New Year's resolutions upon the approach of January 1st, the survey found that 91pc of Irish people want to have a healthier diet, although 48pc said lack of time was the biggest obstacle to cooking from scratch.
Furthermore, almost one in four said that they eat their main meal at the table less than twice a week.
David Wallace, founder of The Wholefood Revolution, said: "The problem with ready meals and fast food or any food prepared outside the home, is that you cannot be sure of exactly what they contain."
“Many of the processed food that we eat are bulked up with cheap ingredients that are void of nutrients and packed full of sugar or salt and highly processed ingredients. These foods are not good for us, in fact, they are very bad for us.”
“We eat too many calories from processed nutrient-poor foods. It’s no wonder we are on course to be the fattest nation in Europe by 2030. The government and the nation are sleepwalking into a health crisis, and if you think waiting lists in hospitals are bad now, it’s going to get a lot worse."