Americans Better on Exercise and Smoking, Worse on Dieting

When it comes to American’s smoking, exercise, and dietary habits, there’s good news and there is bad news.

A Gallup survey reveals that exercise and smoking habits have improved, but eating habits have gotten slightly worse over the past eight years.

According to the survey, 21.1 percent of Americans smoked in 2008. That number has dipped to 18 percent. Americans engaging in regular exercise went up to 53.8 percent from 51.4 percent in the same period.

Additionally, according to Gallup, the number of Americans who smoked has been in decline every year since 2001.

Though 53.8 percent of Americans exercise for 30 minutes or more at least 3 days a week, only 21 percent are meeting guidelines for both muscle-strengthening and aerobic activity.

Yet, healthy eating seems to have taken a decline. In 2008, 66.1 percent of Americans reported eating healthy on any given day. In 2016, that number was down to 64.2 percent.

Gallup found that the number of Americans engaging in healthy eating habits peaked at 67.7 percent in 2010, but began to decline through 2013. The number has remained fairly stable since.

Gallup theorizes that the reason for the decline is that more Americans are aware of the nutritional content of their food and drinks.

The Obama administration passed a regulation requiring large restaurant chains and vending machines to list calorie information on the food and drinks they sell.

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