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Just one in five people sit down to a family dinner each Sunday - survey

And when people do get to sit down together, it’s the Sunday roast that proves most popular.

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JUST ONE IN eight people eat dinner with their family each weekday, research carried out on behalf of supermarket Aldi has shown.

Independent research has revealed that just 13 per cent of respondents eat as a family on weekdays, while the vast majority (93 per cent) of families sit down to a Sunday dinner at least once a month.

Just over half of people have a Sunday dinner every second week while one in five do so each and every Sunday.

On the dinner itself, over two-thirds of people prefer the traditional Sunday roast, with 14 per cent preferring potted dishes such as stews and casseroles instead. Trailing in last place were takeaways with four per cent of the vote.

Family time

The nationwide opinion survey showed that almost half (43.5%) of respondents spend an hour or less each day on “quality family time” during the week.

While a third of people viewed Sunday as a day for relaxing and staying in bed that little bit longer, 14 per cent viewed Sunday as being about “having precious family time”.

Work commitments

Time with family was prevented by work commitments in one in four cases, with a third of people losing out due to other activities and sports commitments.

A quarter of people said that a lack of planning was the main obstacle to guaranteeing quality time together on a Sunday.

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