Young men and women in their 20s miss an average of four meals a month, with women in their late 20s being the most prone to going hungry.
According to a survey by Statistics Korea released on Sunday, Koreans between 25 and 29 miss an average of 3.8 meals a month, the most of all age groups. Those in their early 20s miss an average of 3.7 meals per month.
Women in their 20s miss more meals than men in the same age group. Those in their late 20s go hungry an average of 4.5 time a month, and those aged between 20 and 24 four times. That compares to 3.1 and 3.3 times for men.
Regardless of gender, older people tend to miss fewer meals as their lives stabilize. Those in their early 30s go hungry an average of 3.2 times a month, those in their latter 30s 2.8 times, and those in their early 40s 1.8 times.
Children under the age of 10 who are looked after by their parents miss hardly any meals.
An official from the Ministry of Health and Welfare said, "Many people in their 20s don't live with their parents and are unmarried. They mostly live alone and have a low monthly income. In addition, if you are looking for a job or are in unstable employment situation, you tend to reduce spending on food to make up for other costs."