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HHS HealthBeat (August 13, 2014)

Wasted food

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

A study indicates the amount of food wasted in America has been rising. At the National Institutes of Health, researcher Kevin Hall looked at increases in the food supply as a possible factor in weight increases since the 1970s. He says more abundant food links up with lower food prices and more weight, but it even more powerfully links up with more waste:

“Two thirds of the increase in the food supply that occurred since the 1970s was actually wasted, and only one third of that increase generated the obesity epidemic.”

Hall says food waste went up by 50 percent from the 1970s through the early 2000s.

He also says that a way to avoid food waste – and control weight – is to plan meals carefully.

The study was in the journal PLOS One.

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: August 13, 2014