Individual decisions about how to use the 24 hours in
a day have short- and long-term implications for income
and earnings, health, and other aspects of well-being.
Understanding time use patterns can provide insight into
economic behaviors associated with eating patterns as
well as the diet and health status of individuals. Knowing
more about eating patterns, grocery shopping, and meal
preparation, as well as understanding whether participants in food and nutrition assistance programs face different time constraints than nonparticipants can inform
the design of food assistance and nutrition policies and programs.
The Eating and Health Module (EH Module) of the
American Time Use Survey (ATUS) includes statistics on time spent
in eating and drinking activities, grocery shopping, and meal
preparation for the population age 15 and older and for participants
in the Food Stamp Program. Data are also presented on measures of
the health status (such as Body Mass Index, or BMI) of the population
by time spent in various activities.
See User's Guide and Documentation.