Press release

Germans on holiday: more exercise, but less healthy food

Press release 7 July 2016

As many people know from their own experience, gaining a few pounds on holiday is quite common. A current DKV Report shows that almost a quarter of people eat more unhealthily on holiday than they do at home. The good news is that most people exercise more.

According to the DKV Report, one in four holidaymakers eat more unhealthily than they do at home, whilst 11 percent eat more healthily. The majority of those surveyed (66 percent) believe that they do not eat any differently, although international studies show that people usually carry a few extra pounds when they return from holiday.

“We often drink more alcohol and eat considerably more on holiday than we do at home, without even realising it”, explains Ingo Froböse, Professor at the German Sport University and Scientific Director of the DKV Report. The type of holiday chosen plays an important role: “With all-inclusive deals, food and drinks are often available around the clock. So people with weight problems should avoid booking all-inclusive holidays.”

Gaining weight is not due to lack of exercise. Two thirds of holidaymakers do more exercise than they would at home, and only 11 percent exercise less, according to the DKV Report. For 23 percent of people, the level of exercise stays roughly the same. “It’s just a cliché that people are lazy on holiday”, says Clemens Muth, Head of DKV. “For most people, exercising is a form of relaxation.” This particularly applies to people who are severely overweight: The DKV report shows that three quarters of these people exercise more on holiday than they do at home.

According to data collected by the research institute, one reason for this is an increasing amount of Germans are deciding to go on holidays where they can experience nature, spend time with family, go to the beach or go sightseeing. These types of holiday involve a lot of exercise: “For many people, a day at the beach means going into the water or playing beach volleyball with their children”, says Ingo Froböse. “Nature is best experienced on foot or by bike. Even when you go sightseeing, you can cover several kilometres in just a short space of time.”

This year’s DKV Report was carried out by the opinion research institute GfK in Nuremberg and representatively surveyed 2,830 people across Germany on their lifestyle habits. The DKV Report will be published within the next few months.

For further information, please contact:

Sybille Schneider

Media Relations
Sybille Schneider

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About DKV
For over 80 years, the DKV has been a pioneer in the industry with needs-orientated and innovative products. The health specialist provides comprehensive health and nursing care insurance coverage, as well as health care services to customers in private and state health insurance, and organises high-quality medical care. In 2015, the company recorded a premium income of 4.8 billion euros.
DKV is the health insurance specialist of the ERGO Group and thus part of Munich Re, one of the world's leading reinsurers and risk carriers.  
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