Americans' Diets Still Short on Fruits and Vegetables

Betty Klinck, USA Today
September 14, 2010
As obesity rates continue to climb, the USA is still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, says a new state-by-state analysis from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consumption is even decreasing in some states.

Nationally, the percentage of adults who eat fruit twice a day or more was just 32.5% in 2009, down from 34.4% in 2000. The percentage who eat vegetables three or more times a day remained relatively the same: 26.3% in 2009, down just a fraction from 26.7% in 2000.

No state met the government target that aimed to have 75% of adults consuming two or more fruit servings a day and 50% consuming three or more vegetable servings a day. That goal was spelled out in a report called Healthy People 2010 by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.