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Scary Stat: Eating Out Boosts Obesity

Written on July 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm , by

Can you believe 16 years ago no state in the U.S. had an obesity rate over 20 percent? According to this report from Trust for America’s Health, now all but one does. So why do we keep getting bigger? Obesity experts say the link could be tied to how much you eat out.

According to this article, the U.S. Department of Agriculture claims a third of the calories Americans eat come from restaurants, almost double what it was 30 years ago. The study showed that more than half of adults eat out three times or more a week, with 12 percent eating out seven times a week – that’s every day! Plus, with the added strain of financial woes, it’s not surprising to see that more people are eating cheaper, which means a rise in fast-food consumption.

This isn’t to say you should never eat out, but you should definitely be wary of what you’re eating when you go. A plate of salmon might seem healthy on the menu, but when you don’t know how much olive oil, butter, and other fatty ingredients it’s being cooked in counting calories starts to get a little tricky. Another tip? Keep in mind portion control. I was shocked to find out that a bagel 20 years ago was only three inches in diameter with 140 calories and today, are six inches with 350 calories. Just because you get a larger portion, doesn’t mean you have to eat the whole thing if you’re full.

Tell us: How many times do you eat out a week?

  • Stacey

    Usually eat out once a week and it’s never ever fast food or chain “restaurants” of any kind.

  • Patty Howell

    At least once a week sometimes twice. Most always fast food ,Oatmeal or salads very little dressing. No sodas, Water.

  • http://michiel-breakthefast.blogspot.com Michiel

    Plan on it once a week, but it usually ends up being twice. Hardest part is that my tween son begs every meal every day to eat out. It’s so prevalent in culture.

  • Rebekah

    I used to be morbidly obese, eating out regularly 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I stopped this stupidity back in 2007. Today, my husband and I usually eat out 4 times a month or less and we always take home half of our meal. I read the nutrition labels for restaurants and stay away from those who has outrageous stats. I do not miss fast food one bit. If we are on the go, we stop at a grocery store and grab apples, snacky cheese and some carrots.

  • http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/ Foodie

    Probably once a week on average.. and I’m one of those annoying (smart??) customers who always want to know exactly what’s inside each dish, ask for the dressing on the side etc.

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