The Wall Street Journal:
Years of warnings by health officials and grim news on the bathroom scale appear to finally be having an impact on the nation’s eating habits. While there is no sign the high level of obesity has fallen, Americans say they are consuming fewer calories and cutting back on fast food, cholesterol and fat.
Working-age adults consumed an average of 118 fewer calories a day in the 2009-10 period than four years earlier, according to a study released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Americans also reported eating more home-cooked meals with their families and fewer in restaurants—though the economy played a role—and reading nutritional labels on food at grocery stores more often.
“These are not huge shifts, but they are positive ones,” said Kelly Brownell, an obesity expert and dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. “We still have huge problems with obesity—it’s just a smaller degree of terrible.”
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