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Overview

Individual decisions about how to use the 24 hours in a day have short- and long-term implications for income and earnings, health, and other aspects of well-being. Understanding time use patterns can provide insight into economic behaviors associated with eating patterns as well as the diet and health status of individuals. See Quick Facts. Knowing more about eating patterns, grocery shopping, and meal preparation, as well as understanding whether participants in food and nutrition assistance programs face different time constraints than nonparticipants can inform the design of food assistance and nutrition policies and programs.

Data

The Eating and Health Module (EH Module) of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) includes statistics on time spent in eating and drinking activities, grocery shopping, and meal preparation for the population age 15 and older and for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program). Data are also presented on measures of the health status (such as Body Mass Index, or BMI) of the population by time spent in various activities. See User's Guide and Documentation.

Understanding time use patterns can provide insight into economic behaviors associated with eating patterns as well as the diet and health status of individuals.  Knowing more about eating patterns, grocery shopping, and meal preparation, as well as understanding whether participants in food and nutrition assistance programs face different time constraints than nonparticipants can inform the design of food assistance and nutrition policies and programs.

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2008   Back to top   
Table 1—Time spent in eating and drinking activities and percent of civilian population age 15 and older engaged in each activity, averages per day, 2008 annual averages Download as Excel       4/2/2010   
Table 2—Time spent in eating and drinking activities and percent of civilian population engaged in each activity, by various subgroups, averages per day, 2008 annual averages Download as Excel       4/2/2010   
Table 3—Usual grocery shopper and usual meal preparer in household for the population age 18 and older, 2008 annual averages Download as Excel       4/2/2010   
Table 4—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 18 and older by usual grocery shopper/usual meal preparer status, 2008 annual averages Download as Excel       4/2/2010   
Table 5—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 18 and older by household characteristics, and SNAP participation, averages per day, 2008 annual averages Download as Excel       4/2/2010   
Table 6—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 20 and older by Body Mass Index, averages per day, 2008 annual averages Download as Excel       4/2/2010   
Table 7 —Meals obtained at school, day care, or summer camp and time spent in various activities for civilian population age 19 and older, averages per day by household characteristics, 2008 annual averages Download as Excel       4/2/2010   
2007   Back to top   
Table 1—Time spent in eating and drinking activities and percent of civilian population age 15 and older engaged in each activity, averages per day, 2007 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 2—Time spent in eating and drinking activities and percent of civilian population engaged in each activity, by various subgroups, averages per day, 2007 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 3—Usual grocery shopper and usual meal preparer in household for the population age 18 and older, 2007 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 4—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 18 and older by usual grocery shopper/usual meal preparer status, 2007 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 5—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 18 and older by household characteristics, and Food Stamp Program participation, averages per day, 2007 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 6—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 20 and older by Body Mass Index, averages per day, 2007 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 7—Meals obtained at school, day care, or summer camp and time spent in various activities for civilian population age 19 and older, averages per day by household characteristics, 2007 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
2006   Back to top   
Table 1—Time spent in eating and drinking activities and percent of civilian population age 15 and older engaged in each activity, averages per day, 2006 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 2—Time spent in eating and drinking activities and percent of civilian population by age engaged in each activity, by various subgroups, averages per day, 2006 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 3—Usual grocery shopper and usual meal preparer in household for the population age 18 and older, 2006 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 4—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 18 and older by usual grocery shopper/usual meal preparer status, 2006 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 5—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 18 and older by household characteristics, and Food Stamp Program participation, averages per day, 2006 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 6—Time spent in various activities for the civilian population age 20 and older by Body Mass Index, averages per day, 2006 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   
Table 7—Meals obtained at school, day care, or summer camp and time spent in various activities for civilian population age 19 and older, averages per day by household characteristics, 2006 annual averages Download as Excel       6/15/2009   

Last updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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