Purchasing Food Away From Home: Demand Patterns for Fast Food and Full-Service

Rebecca Evans (Editor)

Series: Nutrition and Diet Research Progress
BISAC: HEA006000



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Food away from home (FAFH) is an important part of a typical American’s diet and continues to increase as a share of the food budget. Rising consumption of a particular kind of FAFH—fast food—has been blamed for American’s expanding waistlines and poor diet quality. The study examined in this book uses data from the 2003-11 American Time Use Survey to examine the effects of time-use behaviors, prices, sociodemographic characteristics, labor force participation, and prices on fast-food purchasing patterns in the United States before and after the Great Recession.

Because fast food accounts for a large share of U.S. food expenditures and calorie consumption, a better understanding of the motivation behind trends in fast-food purchasing behaviors may help inform policies designed to improve the diet quality of Americans. This research complements previous studies that used food expenditure and food intake data (but not time-use data) to analyze the effects of demographic characteristics, prices, and income on fast-food purchases and consumption. In addition, this book discusses consumer spending at full-service and fast food restaurants, and the affect this has on the foodservice industry.
(Imprint: Nova)


The Role of Time in Fast-Food Purchasing Behavior in the United States
(Karen S. Hamrick, Abigail M. Okrent)

The Demand for Food Away From Home Full-Service or Fast Food?
(Hayden Stewart, Noel Blisard, Sanjib Bhyuan, and Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr.)


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