Food Video: Youth Survey Responses
In September 2016, Politikoffee surveyed its members to get a general idea of the eating habits of young Cambodians. The 38 respondents aged from 18 to 35, with most in their 20s.
The majority (23) are undergraduates, five are professionals and the rest are postgraduates. Most (23) are male, middle income (25) and study or work in social science.
Some questions asked for the top three answers. In some cases, patterns emerge when answers are combined, such as where people eat. Home-cooked food bought from a traditional market (19) or a supermarket (15) both ranked highly, followed by street food (19) and air-conditioned restaurants (15), then traditional markets (10) and fast food (8). Taken together, there is close to a 50/50 split between traditional and modern dining.
In contrast, most (21) ranked health as the primary factor for buying food. Overall, the top three factors for were health, taste and price.
The responses were more clear-cut about who is responsible for healthy food. Combined, those surveyed believe the duty lies with the government (32), themselves (29) and food companies (23).
Respondents overwhelmingly said they would eat more healthily if they had more money (30), knowledge (31) or time (25). Only two are not concerned at all about food safety.
A series of Yes/No questions produced some surprising results. Familiarity with viral bacterial parasitic contaminations (27) is higher than food safety (23) and nearly as high as healthy food (29). Responses about hygienic treatment of food and organic food were split more evenly.
Overall, this admittedly unscientific poll indicates that young, educated Cambodians wish to eat healthy and believe it is largely their responsibility, but feel they lack sufficient knowledge. In the future, Politikoffee will keep readers informed about ongoing research into food issues in Cambodia, such as malnutrition, food sources and diversifying diets, to help you to make informed choices on what you eat.