No matter how much American adults weigh, the amount of time spent eating and drinking during an average day is similar, yet different patterns emerge when it comes to eating activities. suggests a recent government report. Adults who are obese spend about 30 minutes more each day eating and drinking while watching TV and movies compared to those at a healthy weight.
The findings from an Economic Research Service report, use 2014 self-reported data to offer a snapshot of Americans’ food-related activity habits and how this relates to weight. The report can provide insight for cancer risk, as staying at a healthy weight is one of the key steps people can take to reduce the risk for 11 cancers.
Overall, the report found that American adults spent 64 minutes eating and drinking as our main activity and 16 minutes eating while doing something else, such as watching a movie. Adults who were obese spent an average of 3.2 hours watching television and movies per day, compared to normal-weight individuals who spent about 2.5 hours a day.
Other highlights of the report include:
Source: Hamrick S., Karen and McClelland, Ket. Americans’ Eating Patterns and ime Spent on Food: The 2014 Eating & Health Module Data (pdf), EIB-158, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July 2016.
Published on September 7, 2016