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How often do you skip a meal?


Kids under 13


























Adults and teens


























How often do you skip a meal?

Poll dates: December 16 - 23, 2001
Total Votes: 661

Eating regular meals and snacks has traditionally been a cornerstone of diabetes nutrition management. According to our poll, this guideline is still followed by the vast majority of families who have youngsters with diabetes. In fact, among those who answered regarding children with diabetes, it is quite rare for meals to be missed.

In contrast, among the teens and adults who answered, skipped meals are a much more common occurence, with over half reporting that they miss meals frequently or often.

These findings probably mirror to a great extent the meal regularity of Americans NOT dealing with diabetes. It is more rare for youngsters to miss meals than adults. Their smaller stomachs, constant energy needs for growth, and (for some at least) more physical lifestyle mean they're generally hungry when meal times roll around. Parents and others do the work to make sure foods are available at regular mealtimes to satisfy the hunger and nutritional needs of youngsters in their care.

Meal regularity falls off among teens and adults, diabetes notwithstanding. More hectic lifestyles and the loss of someone to make sure the meals are available often translate into more irregular eating patterns. Our poll shows that this trend holds true among teens and adults with diabetes.

Skipping meals once diabetes is a factor has greater implications than it does among people who do not have diabetes. Those whose insulin regimens feature unchanging doses are likely to develop low blood sugar when meals are missed. Those who have learned to adjust mealtime insulin for the actual food eaten have the flexibility to be more spontaneous without suffering negative consequences.

The bottom line is that skipping meals, at least occasionally, is common among adults and teens with diabetes. If you want this paerticular kind of flexibility in your life, talk to your team about the kind of food and insulin management that make it manageable.

This table compares the results of this poll with an identical poll we ran in December 2000:

How Often Skip a Meal20002001
Kids under 13
Adults and teens


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