U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 21: Downscale Dining

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

DOWNSCALE DINING

Profile America — Thursday, July 21st. A substantial and recurring feature of national media reporting — on TV, in newspapers and on the web — is devoted to nutrition and health. There, doctors and public health officials express concerns about obesity, diabetes, and the quality of the diet of many Americans. However, junk food shows little sign of waning in popularity.  So with unrepentant advocacy, today is National Junk Food Day. It celebrates the naughty temptations on offer, notably at the nearly quarter-million fast food outlets across the country, which employ 3.6 million workers. Still, the American agricultural sector produces a bounty of healthier choices. Our farms, along with some imports, make 261 pounds of fruit and 384 pounds of vegetables available per capita annually.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Sources:
Junk Food Day/accessed 4/28/2016:  http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-junk-food-day-july-21/ 
Limited service restaurants/NAICS 722211: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/72A2//naics~722211 
Per Capita Availability of Fruits/accessed 4/28/2016:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/datafiles/Food_Availabily_Per_Capita_Data_System/Food_Availability/frtot.xls 
Per Capita Availability of Vegetables/accessed 4/28/2016:  http://ers.usda.gov/datafiles/Food_Availabily_Per_Capita_Data_System/Food_Availability/vegtot.xls

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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