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Lent survey: Germans are most likely to forego this

Fasting is trendy among young people. According to a survey, around three quarters of people under 30 think it makes sense to consciously avoid luxury foods and consumption. Every second German has fasted for several weeks. At the same time, fasting is out of the question for one in five people, says one Forsa survey on behalf of the health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit. The older the respondents get, the less they can imagine fasting.

Overall, 67 percent of all respondents are of the opinion that fasting makes sense from a health perspective. According to the survey, people would most likely avoid alcohol (77 percent) and sweets (72 percent). Around half of those surveyed would not eat meat (54 percent) and would give up smoking (50 percent). 42 percent would not watch television and a good quarter would forego their smartphone and internet (26 percent) and would leave their car at home (24 percent). For the representative survey, 1,005 people aged 18 and over were surveyed online at the beginning of February 2024. This is the twelfth year that the DAK has commissioned this fasting survey.

The 40-day Christian Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14th) and lasts until Easter. Sundays are not officially considered days of fasting. Fasting has been part of the Christian preparation for Easter since the fifth century. (KNA)

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