American Time Use Survey

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking includes time spent eating and drinking (except when done as part of a work or volunteer activity), whether alone, with others, at home, at a place of purchase, or somewhere else. For a more detailed description of this activity category, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

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Eating and drinking on weekdays and weekend days in 2013

Time spent eating and drinking (1) and percent of the civilian population eating and drinking, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2013 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, civilian population Average percent engaged in the activity per day Average hours per day for persons who engaged in the activity
Weekdays Weekends and holidays Weekdays Weekends and holidays Weekdays Weekends and holidays

Total, eating and drinking

1.17 1.37 96.9 95.2 1.20 1.44

Eating and drinking

1.07 1.21 96.9 95.2 1.10 1.27

Travel related to eating and drinking

.09 .16 22.1 26.2 .42 .60

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to eating and drinking done as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-2: Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex on weekdays and weekends, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

Eating and drinking done by men and women in 2013

Time spent eating and drinking (1) and percent of the civilian population eating and drinking, averages per day by sex, 2013 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, civilian population Average percent engaged in the activity per day Average hours per day for persons who engaged in the activity
Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women

Total, eating and drinking

1.23 1.26 1.20 96.4 96.5 96.2 1.27 1.31 1.24

Eating and drinking

1.11 1.14 1.08 96.4 96.5 96.2 1.15 1.18 1.13

Travel related to eating and drinking

.11 .12 .11 23.3 24.2 22.6 .48 .49 .48

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to eating and drinking done as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-1. Time spent in detailed primary activities and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

Other sources of ATUS data

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Last Modified Date: June 18, 2014

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