Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetab...

Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) most American consumers aren´t eating enough fruit and vegetables on a regular basis.

CDC analysed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that, in 2009, an estimated 32.5% of adults consumed fruit two or more times per day and 26.3% consumed vegetables three or more times per day, far short of the national targets.

Overall, the proportion of adults who met the fruit target declined slightly, but significantly, from 34.4% in 2000 to 32.5% in 2009; no significant change was observed in meeting the vegetable target. No state met either target, and substantial variability occurred among states. Only one state had statistically significant increases in the percentages of adults meeting each target. These findings underscore the need for interventions at national, state, and community levels, across multiple settings (e.g., worksites, community venues, and restaurants) to improve fruit and vegetable access, availability, and affordability, as a means of increasing individual consumption.

BRFSS is an ongoing, state-based, telephone survey of the noninstitutionalized U.S. civilian population aged 18 years and older. Data are used to monitor the prevalence of health behaviors and progress toward national and state-specific health objectives.

The full report can be found here.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention