Take-out UK: Average Brit now spends £ 1,320 a year on fast food by buying 12 meals a month


Take-out UK: Average Brit now spends £ 1,320 a year on fast food by buying 12 meals a month

  • Every Briton spends £ 110 on take out every month
  • On average, 12 take-out meals are purchased per person per month
  • Men consume an average of 151 take-out meals each year, women eat 126
  • The Chinese also overtook fish and chips for the nation’s favorite

It was once just a treat for the weekend, but a new survey has found that the average Briton now pays £ 110 a month for take out every month.

The study found that an average of 12 take-out meals are purchased per person per month – a staggering £ 1,320.

Men have the greatest taste for fast food as they make an extraordinary 151 takeaways per year, while the figure for women is 126.

Classic: Traditional British fish and chips are no longer the favorite take-out treat

Meanwhile, Chinese replaced the English classic of fish and chips as Britain’s favorite take-out.

The survey of 2,000 UK adults looked at the country’s eating habits and how age affects the amount of take-out we eat.

The biggest consumers of fast food are those aged 25 to 34 who spend up to £ 2,626.92 per year on them.

Forty-nine percent of this age group say they trust take-out food because they don’t have the time or inclination to cook at home.

In contrast, people aged 45 and over spend half – £ 1,272.78 every twelve months.

The study of discount site vouchercodes.co.uk found that residents of the capital are the biggest addicts of fast food.

Londoners spend more than double the national average – at £ 221.63 – on take out every month.

Meanwhile, those who live in Chelmsford, Essex are the most frugal, spending just £ 43.19 on meals they haven’t prepared each month.

Nation's favorite: Chinese food was poll's favorite at the time, with Indian food coming in second

Nation favorite: Chinese cuisine was poll’s favorite at the time, with Indian cuisine coming in second

Daily Expenses: Take-out is a part of the lives of consumers too busy to cook

Daily Expenses: Take-out is a part of the lives of consumers too busy to cook

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Sushi is the preferred take-out choice for women, research suggests, while fish and chips remains the preferred option for men.

Nationally though, the classic English fish and chip takeaway has gone from the country’s favorite takeout to third place – overtaken by the Chinese and Indians.

Ben Hardings, 26, sales assistant from Portsmouth, Hants, said: “After working late it takes a lot of effort to cook a meal when I get home.

“It’s so much easier to pick up the phone and order an Indian or a kebab, and they taste great too.

“I probably can’t brag about the healthiest diet and spend a lot of money on take out, but it’s a pretty hard habit to break down.”

Duncan Jennings, co-founder of vouchercodes.co.uk, said: “Take out has become a part of everyday life for busy consumers.

“Britain has always been a nation of food lovers and especially as we have almost any type of cuisine available on the go all over Britain.

“But eating on the go no longer has to be an unhealthy or expensive option.”

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