Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-196) 172 pp

September 2018

America’s Eating Habits: Food Away From Home

Edited by Michelle Saksena, Abigail M. Okrent, and Karen S. Hamrick

This report examines the growing availability of food away from home (FAFH), presenting research on food choices and availability; nutrition and diet quality; and food policies, including menu labeling and food assistance programs. It also examines how FAFH choices relate to diet quality and sociodemographic characteristics.

See related Amber Waves article: Food Spending of Middle-Income Households Hardest Hit by the Recession.

Keywords: food away from home (FAFH), food at home (FAH), diet, nutrition, health, food assistance, food consumption, school lunch programs, fast food, quick service, limited service, full service, food expenditures, the Great Recession, Healthy Eating Index (HEI), Food Acquisition and Purchases Survey (FoodAPS), Food Expenditure Series, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), menu labeling, restaurant location

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