Social Indicators Research

, Volume 101, Issue 2, pp 215–219 | Cite as

Exercise, Eating Patterns, and Obesity: Evidence from the ATUS and Its Eating & Health Module

  • Marianne J. Reifschneider
  • Karen S. Hamrick
  • Jill N. Lacey


Time spent eating and exercising can impact quality of life measures such as general health and risk for obesity. This article links data from the American Time Use Study and the Eating and Health Module to explore exercise and eating patterns for varying age groups, over different times of day, and by self-reported health status. Younger Americans who did some exercise were more likely to engage in higher impact sports. Older Americans who exercised were more likely to do so in the morning. Americans who reported being in excellent health spent more time exercising than other self-reported health groups, regardless of their sex or age.


Health Obesity Eating patterns American Time Use Survey Exercise Time use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianne J. Reifschneider
    • 1
  • Karen S. Hamrick
    • 2
  • Jill N. Lacey
    • 3
  1. 1.U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research ServiceWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Government Accountability OfficeWashingtonUSA

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