Especial SociosJun. 5, 2018
EE.UU: Encuesta revela que jóvenes gastan en promedio mil horas pensando en comer
Today’s teenagers spend an average of 1,000 hours, or 39 entire days, thinking about food between the ages of 13-19. With the next bite always on the brain, this has led teens to become more involved in family shopping, meal planning and food routines.
A new national survey of 2,000 families with teenagers, ages 13-19, commissioned by Farm Rich, found:
- Teen palates are becoming more sophisticated, drawing inspiration from social media, parents and cooking shows
- Parents say 30 percent of the weekly grocery bill is driven by teens’ preferences and eating behaviors
- Teenagers snack 2-3 times per day
- The typical teen expresses dissatisfaction with a meal four times a month
- The favorite meal among teens is dinner
At Home & Online
While there are lots of sources for food inspiration, parents still play a key role in their kids’ understanding of food, and teens view food as more than just a means of satiating hunger.
- 7 in 10 say parents are their primary source for food knowledge
- 46 percent surveyed watch cooking shows for food ideas
- At 27 percent, Facebook is the largest social media source for culinary inspiration, followed by YouTube at 21 percent.
- 20 percent of teens use cooking as a way to unleash creativity
The survey confirms that teens are on track to become the next generation of culinary creators, with about 25 percent saying they are experimental and adventurous in the kitchen, and willing to try unique and different foods. And 45 percent of parents share that their teens weigh in often on what should be included in mealtime menus.
A Moving Target
More than half of the teens surveyed say meals provided at home don’t always suit their preferences. Such attitudes have led parents to consider ‘Meals I know my family will eat’ as the most important factor when menu planning. And young people often move the goalposts – 28 percent have completely changed their diet, asking parents to switch up the menu.
The most popular meal plans for teens are low-carb (38 percent), low-fat (35 percent) and vegetarian (32 percent)
Teens complain about meals roughly 48 times per year
They snack heavily between meals (2-3 times a day), including these top choices:
- Frozen Snacks
Despite these changing diets and preferences, more than 90 percent enjoy sitting down to eat with the family, with dinner the favorite meal among 65 percent.
To keep the peace while minimizing wasted food, parents encourage teens to get involved in grocery shopping, asking them to pick out ingredients and by giving them a role in planning/preparation. With the average teen now helping mom and dad in the kitchen three times a week, there are strong indications that this generation of gourmands is here to stay.
“The parent-teen relationship will always have its challenges but involving teens in the process of meal planning and prep is a simple way to let them know they’re being heard,” says Shannon Gilreath, Farm Rich Director of Marketing. “Enjoying good food is a language we all speak, and it goes a long way in bonding families together, even during those tumultuous teenage years.”
The Teen Food Attitudes survey was conducted in March 2018 by OnePoll, with a sample of 2,000 families with teens.
See survey video here
May 31, 2018