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A few fewer calories

Maybe the word on good nutrition is getting out after all. Researchers say people have been cutting their calories – a bit. The scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill looked at data on about 92,500 households.

Researcher Shu Wen Ng:

“Between 2003 and 2010 calorie consumption was declining at an average annual rate of about 34 calories per day among children age 2 to 18 years old, and about 14 calories per day among adults.”

She says the declines predated the recession, so it’s not likely that people were just buying less – she thinks they’ve been learning a bit more about nutrition.

The study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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