Eating Out Leads to Weight Gain

Americans spend a large share of their food budget (42 percent) on food away from home (FAFH), which has been found to be less nutritious than food prepared at home. For the average consumer, eating one meal away from home each week increases daily intake by about 134 calories and translates to roughly two extra pounds each year, according to a new study from the USDA’s Economic Research Service.

On average, breakfast away from home decreases the number of servings of whole grains and dairy consumed per 1,000 calories and increases the percent of calories from saturated and solid fat, alcohol, and added sugar (SoFAAS) in a day. Dinner away from home reduces the number of servings of vegetables consumed per 1,000 calories for the average adult.

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