By the Center for Disease Control

Families in America lead busy lives – balancing work, school, and play. Our busy schedules often mean eating more meals on the go.

In 1960, over a quarter of the money spent on food in the United States was on food eaten away from home.

By 2011, the money spent on food eaten away from home in the United States jumped to nearly half.

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The average American eats away from home four times a week, and studies have shown that can translate to putting on 8 extra pounds a year. The more you eat away from home, the more the pounds can add up.

Making small changes when we’re eating out or on-the-go can make a big difference in our health – and our waistlines.

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Sources: 1. USDA Economic Research Service, Food Expenditure Series. 2. Mancino L, Todd J, Lin B. (2009). Separating what we eat from where. Measuring the effect of food away from home on diet quality. Food Policy, 34, 557-562.

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