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On an average day in 2008...

The top 3 places for primary eating and drinking were:

  • Own home or yard:        68.3 percent
  • Workplace:                    12.1 percent
  • Restaurant or bar:         10.9 percent

The top 3 places for secondary eating or drinking were:

  • Own home or yard:         50.1 percent
  • Workplace:                     14.6 percent
  • Driving a vehicle:            14.2 percent

The top 5 activities that accompanied secondary eating or drinking were:

  • Relaxing and leisure:*                                 23.8 percent
  • Paid work:                                                   14.0 percent
  • Food and drink preparation and cleanup:     5.9 percent
  • Personal care, such as grooming:                5.7 percent
  • Socializing and communicating:                   4.6 percent

*Watching television accounted for about two-thirds of this category

and...

  • Of all travel from place to place, by any mode of transportation, 14.6 percent of travel occurances were accompanied by secondary eating and drinking.
  • In 15.5 percent of all driving trips, the driver engaged in secondary eating or drinking.  Among all persons who drove on an average day, 10.4 percent engaged in secondary eating or drinking during one or more driving trips.
  • Of all times watching television, 36 percent were accompanied by secondary eating and drinking.
  • More than half (55.8 percent) of grocery shopping occurrences were alone, whereas 36.3 percent were with household members, and the rest were accompanied by others (not household members).
  • In less than one-fifth (18.2 percent) of grocery shopping occurrences, household children were present.
  • Fourteen percent of grocery shopping occurrences were accompanied by secondary eating or drinking.
  • Of all grocery shoppers, 6.3 percent shopped two or more times during the day.
  • One percent of grocery shoppers shopped at home, at work, or at the library, indicating that they likely grocery shopped online.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey and ERS Eating and Health Module.

Last updated: Thursday, July 05, 2012

For more information contact: Karen Hamrick

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