Time per day spent eating and drinking in OECD countries by gender, as of 2016

This statistic provides a comparison of the average amount of time spent eating and drinking by gender in OECD member countries as well as China, India and South Africa. As of 2016, the average time spent eating in France was 130 and 133 minutes per day for women and men respectively. This is significantly higher than the averages of 58 minutes for women and 61 minutes for men in Canada.

Average minutes per day spent eating and drinking in OECD countries plus China, India and South Africa by gender, as of 2016

Latest available time period in bracketsMaleFemale
France (2009) 133130
Denmark (2001) 118120
Italy (2008) 117112
Portugal (1999) 116108
Japan (2011) 104117
Belgium (2005) 104107
Korea (2009) 107103
China (2008) 10496
Germany (2001-02) 97101
Poland (2003-04) 9091
Australia (2006) 8791
Slovenia (2000-01) 8983
India (1999) 8780
Norway (2010) 8380
Finland (2009-10) 8081
New Zealand (2009-10) 7980
Estonia (2009-2010) 8277
Austria (2008-09) 7781
Ireland (2005) 7875
South Africa (2010) 7669
Sweden (2010) 7074
Mexico (2009) 7170
Netherlands (2005-06) 6170
Spain (2009-10) 6661
United States (2014) 6361
Canada (2010) 6158
United Kingdom (2005) 5959
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Release date

March 2016


China, India, South Africa, OECD

Survey time period

1999 to 2014

Age group


Method of interview


Supplementary notes

Figures are based on numbers collated by the OECD from the various national time use surveys of the countries included in the statistic.

Data are normalized to 1440 minutes per day. In other words, for those countries for which the time use does not sum up to 1440 minutes, the missing minutes are equally distributed across all activities.

Age group is 15-64 for all countries but Australia (15+), Hungary (15-74), Sweden (25-64) and China (15-74).

*Hungary and Turkey were excluded as no data was available

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