Good Choices Curb the Rise in Obesity
The obesity rate is leveling out, but it’s not because of the recent recession, as some experts have guessed. According to a study, Americans are listening to nutrition recommendations. Researchers examined data from two major studies involving a total of 190,443 children and adults, focusing on participants’ dietary intake and food purchases. The study found that Americans changed their eating and food-buying habits for the better starting in 2003—a good four years before the recession hit. Participants most often cut calories from beverages. The greatest drop in calorie consumption was seen in children. The researchers say the behavior changes may be a result of Americans’ greater attention to public health campaigns and nutrition news.
Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 2014