WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Americans' diets are improving.
The study examined adults' eating habits between 2005 and 2010.
Researchers say more nutrition information is available. According to their report, 42 percent of working-age adults and 57 percent of older adults read the nutrition facts panel on foods. And 76 percent of working-age adults said they would use nutrition information from restaurants if it was available.
Less eating out has contributed to healthier bodies. The USDA says this accounted for 20 percent of diet improvements.
Money was also a factor. The 2007-2009 recession led to an average of 12.9 percent less spending on eating away from home.
Attitudes toward making improvements changed, too. The USDA says between 2007 and 2010 that three percent of Americans believed they have the ability to change their body weight.