One in 10 Koreans eat all three meals a day by themselves, according to a study.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Tuesday health data from 2013 through 2015 collected from 20,000 adults show that nine percent eat breakfast, lunch and dinner alone.
Among women the proportion is 10.8 percent and among men 7.1 percent. About half of all single householders eat their meals alone.
The rate is already high among people over 65 at 25 percent, but especially among single elderly people at 76.5 percent.
The study also suggests that eating alone is bad for people’s health. Obesity stands at 34.7 percent among people who eat all three meals a day alone, compared to 24.9 percent for people who share all three meals with others.