home meals

The obesity epidemic has helped focus attention on Americans' eating habits, with an eye to the extent to which they are associated with consumption of excess calories. In addition, understanding these habits may lead to means of improving diet quality. In the interests of both these aims, researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle, led by Dr. Adam Drewnowski (an ACSH scientific advisor) queried 437 consumers on what and where they ate. In particular, the investigators were interested in following up on previous studies suggesting that meals consumed at home were of higher quality than those eaten outside the home. Their study appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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