Americans’ Eating Habits Worsened in 2013

Produce consumption down in most months compared with 2012

Americans ate less healthily in 2013 than in 2012, according to a new report.

A lower percentage of Americans reported eating healthfully “yesterday” every month this year, versus the same months last year. For example, 64.5 percent of Americans said they ate healthy all day yesterday in October this year, compared with 67.1 percent in October 2012.

The findings are based on 150,000 phone interviews conducted between January and October of this year. At least 500 Americans were asked each day about their eating habits as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Healthy eating generally follows a seasonal pattern, gradually declining in the spring, ticking up in the late summer months, and then falling steeply in November and December. The increase between December 2012 and January 2013 was 1.9 percentage points, which is lower than the typical New Year’s uptick. Additionally, May and June 2013 brought steeper-than-usual declines.

In addition, produce consumption also seemed to be down in 2013 compared with 2012.

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Fewer Americans have reported eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables at least four days per week in most months in 2013 compared with the same months in 2012. The only exceptions were March and October.

“Both healthy eating and produce consumption tend to decrease in November and December, likely attributable to Americans’ indulging during the holiday season,” the researches wrote in the report. “As the U.S. obesity rate continues to increase across almost all demographic groups, it is critical that Americans begin to eat healthier and exercise more.”

As the U.S.obesity rate continues to increase across almost all demographic groups, it is critical that Americans begin to eat healthier and exercise more.

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