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HHS HealthBeat (February 3, 2014)

A few fewer calories

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Maybe the word on good nutrition is getting out after all. Researchers say people have been cutting their calories – a bit. The scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill looked at data on about 92,500 households.

Researcher Shu Wen  Ng:

“Between 2003 and 2010 calorie consumption was declining at an average annual rate of about 34 calories per day among children age 2 to 18 years old, and about 14 calories per day among adults.”

She says the declines predated the recession, so it’s not likely that people were just buying less – she thinks they’ve been learning a bit more about nutrition.

The study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: February 3, 2014