08/10/2010 19:31 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Snacking Is The New Eating Norm

Not that many years ago most people used to have three square meals a day and rarely ate anything in between. But boy, how things have changed.

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According to a survey for food company Feasters, snacking has taken over as the new way of eating, with more than seven out of ten people admitting they never eat three main meals a day any more.

Food experts are divided on the merits of the two eating styles, with some saying three square meals a day is better for you and helps you feel fuller than snacking. Others, meanwhile, claim grazing - that is, eating little and often - is the best way to keep your energy levels up, as eating mini-meals throughout the day helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.

But according to the survey, which quizzed 3,000 Brits online, it's got nothing to do with what's better or healthier, since 10 claimed they are comfort eaters who pick at food whenever they are depressed or under pressure.

It may also come as no surprise to discover that 19 of men - that's more than twice as many women than men turning to food when they're under stress.

Is it sad that so many of us don't prepare proper meals any more? What do you think?