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Young people want to fast - the majority do without sweets


Fasting is in: Over 60 percent of young people have already fasted

On Ash Wednesday, the 40-day Christian Lent begins, which many non-religious people also use for the targeted omission of certain luxury goods and consumer goods. The renunciation of sweets and alcohol is again at the top of the goals set this year. It is noteworthy that more and more young people are fasting.

Fasting is becoming increasingly popular among young people

Regardless of whether it is for religious reasons, to lose weight or to do something good for your health: It is generally to be welcomed when people take time to fast and detoxify. Fasting cleanses the stomach and the soul and helps to question its consumption behavior. As the health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit reports in a message, an increasing number of young people in Germany are fasting.

Avoid sweets and alcohol

Fasting is in: More than one in two Germans has avoided specific luxury foods or consumer goods for several weeks (57 percent).

This year, for the first time, avoiding sweets climbs to number one on the fasting hit list - and thus displaces alcohol as the previous fasting highlight. This is shown by a current and representative Forsa survey commissioned by the health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit.

According to this, 62 percent of fasting fans want to avoid candy bars and the like in the coming weeks. With alcohol it is 61 percent. Compared to the previous year there is a decline of ten percent.

Fewer people also want to do without television than in the previous year (minus 17 percent).

Set as specific a goal as possible

Young people between the ages of 18 and 29 are particularly open to fasting: 62 percent say that they have fasted at least once. You are most likely to avoid alcohol, sweets or smoking.

Every second of them would like to do without glow sticks in the coming weeks. An increase of 45 percent compared to the previous year - and thus more widespread than in any other age group.

30 to 44 year olds, on the other hand, are most likely to avoid sweets. Almost two thirds (64 percent) said this, closely followed by alcohol (62 percent).

"It is important to set a goal as fast as possible for fasting and to have a plan to achieve this goal," advises Franziska Kath, a psychologist at DAK-Gesundheit. "You should also expect setbacks so that Lent does not become frustrating."

More time for offline friends

Around one in five (21 percent) would like to be online less in the coming weeks.

73 percent said this - 14 percent more than in the previous year. In second place with 68 percent less stress is the result of more offline time.

In addition to reducing stress, the main reason for fasting online is the need to spend the free time with real friends and family.

Fasting differences between men and women

There are clear differences between women and men when fasting. Women especially want to do without sweets in the next few weeks (69 percent). Alcohol is at the top of the fasting list for men at 63 percent.

There is also a clear gender difference in meat waiver: 42 percent among fasting women and 29 percent among men.

According to the DAK survey, northern Germany seems to be particularly fasting-loving: 62 percent of those surveyed have fasted before.

Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia are also 61 and 60 percent above average. At 48 percent, however, the people in East Germany are rather fasting muffle. (ad)

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