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Gallup and the Ando Foundation/Nissin Food Products shed light on the profound influence of eating attitudes and behaviors on subjective wellbeing.

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Recipes for Wellbeing

People need to eat to live, but understanding their eating habits -- their food preferences and why they eat the types of food they do -- can provide important insights into the quality of their lives.

Research agrees on one thing: People's eating preferences and behaviors are complicated and shaped by factors, circumstances and motivations that are both in and out of their control. But one overlooked area of focus is how people's eating preferences and behaviors are related to how they feel about their overall quality of life. Is there a relationship between individual eating attitudes and behaviors, and subjective wellbeing?

To answer this question, the Ando Foundation/Nissin Food Products partnered with Gallup to develop the first global study on food enjoyment, healthy eating, choices in types of food, and subjective wellbeing.

Download the report to learn how eating well can lead to living well, and the direct correlation between savoring meals and thriving in life.

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This survey was included as a module within the Gallup World Poll in 2022. Since 2005, the World Poll has regularly surveyed people in more than 160 countries using mixed methods of telephone and face-to-face interviewing. In a typical year, the poll results represent more than 95% of the world’s population aged 15 and older, using randomly selected, nationally representative samples.

The questionnaire is translated into the major conversational languages of each country. The translation process starts with an English, French or Spanish version, depending on the region. One of two translation methods may be used. First, two independent translations are completed. An independent third party, with some knowledge of survey research methods, adjudicates the differences. A professional translator translates the final version back into the source language. Second, a translator translates into the target language. An independent third party with knowledge of survey methods reviews and revises the translation as necessary.

The Gallup World Poll core question translations remain consistent over time. Any new question items are translated according to the Gallup World Poll’s quality procedures. Interviewers are instructed to follow the interview script and may not deviate from the translated language.

All samples were probability based -- meaning respondents were selected randomly -- and nationally representative of the aged 15 and older population. As all eligible landline exchanges and valid mobile service providers were included, the coverage area is an entire country, including rural areas. The sampling frame represents adults aged 15 and older with access to a phone (either landline or mobile). Gallup used random-digit dialing (RDD) or a nationally representative list of phone numbers.

87% of adults worldwide -- nearly nine in 10 -- said they enjoyed the food they ate in the past seven days.
62% People were 62% more likely to report higher subjective wellbeing when they were "completely satisfied" on the Food Wellbeing Index, even accounting for age, income and other personal details.
88% Countries receiving the highest scores on the Food Wellbeing Index, such as the Netherlands with 88%, typically top the rankings in terms of overall life evaluation.

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