We eat out on average, zero (0) times a week. The average American eats out 6 times a week for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner!

This afternoon I found myself hanging out at Zagat and finding out that as of 2018, the average American eats out (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 6 times a week.
Not counting breakfast, American eat out 5 times a week for lunch and dinner!

If you take breakfast out of the line up, Americans eat out 5 times a week just for lunch and dinner. 

When I saw those numbers, I then decided to look up obesity and overweight statistics for both adults and kids.  I found some interesting numbers on the CDC (government) website in their 2018 publication (which uses the latest available statistics, 2015-2016).  Are you ready for this?

If you count how many Americans are overweight (not all obese, but overweight) it's almost 72%.

  • Percent of adults aged 20 and over with obesity: 39.8% (2015-2016)
  • Percent of adults aged 20 and over with overweight, including obesity: 71.6% (2015-2016)
  • Percent of adolescents aged 12-19 years with obesity: 20.6% (2015-2016)
  • Percent of children aged 6-11 years with obesity: 18.4% (2015-2016)
  • Percent of children aged 2-5 years with obesity: 13.9% (2015-2016)

Because I'm Swedish and German, I clicked over to see what the Swedish obesity rates were it seems that 53.3% of the population of Swedish is overweight with 18.6% of them counting as obese.  Not as bad as America but still higher than I expected to see - however I noted the information used was compiled in 2008 so it's most likely closer to American rates by now, as it's been almost 12 years since then.  Here is a graph showing European countries obesity rates in an easy to compare graph.  LINK.


Eating out 6 times a week:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Zagat surveyed nearly 13,000 people across the nation about their dining spending habits, social media influence on food choices, as well as what they do and don't do.

".....We asked our respondents and the results revealed that for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Americans typically dine out 5.9 times per week.

And for lunch and dinner only, 4.9 times per week on average. Certain markets outpaced others, of course. Our respondents in Dallas-Fort Worth eat out most frequently with a total of 7.0 times per week, while Orlando and Houston are right behind at 6.9 times per week. Those in Minneapolis dine out the least, at 4.7 times per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So how much is all of this dining out costing? Nationally, diners spend an average of $36.40 per person at a restaurant. New York City and Boston spend above the national average, with $46.14 and $41.54 respectively, while most of the respondents in other cities spend below it, with cities like Charlotte, San Antonio and Detroit spending the least.

Our survey data revealed that noise was the most irksome at 24% followed by service (23%), crowds (15%), high prices (12%) and parking (10%). And how about those trendy backless stools? Seventy percent of those surveyed say they are “over it” when it comes to this style of seating. Check please!

56% of New York patrons have or would ask to charge their phone in a bar or restaurant, compared to the national average of 45%. Diners in Detroit and Seattle are less concerned with bothering staff about their phone batteries as 64% say they would not ask to charge their phones in a restaurant or bar.

You might also be interested in some related topics (books and dvd) available through Amazon;

  The Rise of Obesity in Europe: A Twentieth Century Food History

  Super Size Me [DVD]

  Fat Nation: A History of Obesity in America

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