July 21, 2014

Nearly Tripled Since the 1990s

1 US Snack Food Consumption Soaring

According to a Wall Street Journal business report, we are becoming a nation of compulsive snackers. Among the findings: the number of Americans who eat snacks three times a day or more has rocketed from just 10 percent in the 1970s to 20 percent in the 1990s to a stunning 56 percent as of 2010. Since then the snack food industry has continued to expand, with an average annual growth rate of just under 4 percent over the last five years, and is estimated to generate revenues of nearly $35 billion this year. Marketing analysts speculate that the driving forces behind this trend are Americans on tight schedules who substitute snacks for actual meals, and who routinely fortify themselves with sugary snacks during the day whenever they feel the need for an energy boost.

More at Care2.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Causes of Obesity, Snack Foods, US Diet Trends, American Snack Food Consumption, Americans Eating More Snack Foods

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Confirmed

2 First U.S. Acquired Chikungunya Cases

Last week, health officials in Florida confirmed the first cases of chikungunya virus that were locally acquired as opposed to being contracted during Caribbean travel. They are a 50-year old Palm Beach County man who first noticed symptoms on July 1 and a 41-year old Miami-Dade County woman who noticed symptoms on June 10. The virus, which is not contagious from person to person and is spread by infected mosquitoes, causes fever, joint pain, muscle aches, headaches and joint swelling but is not life-threatening. The virus is typically contracted during travel to countries where it is common. This year, 243 travel-associated cases have been reported in the U.S. Health officials recommend preventive precautions such as draining standing water and covering doors and windows with screens.

More at Www.usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Mosquito-Borne Virus Hits U.S.

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Chikungunya, Mosquito, Parasite

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