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Hunger, Stress Are Roadblocks to Healthy Eating, New ERS Report Shows

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

Hunger and stress may be major roadblocks to healthy eating, according to a new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service.

 “Hunger, Stress and Other Roadblocks to Healthy Eating,” uses a consumer demand model to illustrate how both long-term health objectives and immediate visceral influences — long intervals between meals and eating away from home — can drive individuals’ food choices.

 The model predicts that cognitive dietary information will have less influence on food choices in the face of immediate visceral factors. Using data from the 1994-96 Continuing Survey of Food Intake by Individuals and the companion Diet Health and Knowledge Survey, the analysis finds that when individuals extend the period between meals or consume more of their food away from home, they are significantly more likely to consume more calories and lower diet quality.

To view this report, click here: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR62/

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