Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM ET
Americans are eating out less, eating fewer total calories and eating better at home, a USDA study released Thursday finds.
The new report by USDA’s Economic Research Service studied American eating habits between 2005 and 2010, and found more Americans paying attention to nutritional information at home.
Among the findings:
The decline in eating out accounted for 20 percent of the improvements in diet quality, according to the report. It cited a recent study that found a 12.9 report decline in spending on food away from home during the recession. Eating at home more often was also associated with more frequent family meals.
The report also indicates changing attitudes toward food and nutrition. Compared with 2007, the percentage of working-age adults who believed they have the ability to change their body weight increased by three percentage points in 2010. During the same time period, the report shows there was little change in the importance that price played when making choices at the grocery store, but a rise in the importance working-age adults placed on nutrition when deciding what to buy.