October 3, 1980

Federal agencies vie with food habit surveys

JAMA. 1980;244(14):1536-1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310140004002

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The federal government is becoming as interested as any local supermarket manager in the food-buying and eating habits of Americans.

For example, the National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, Md, is winding up its second Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HANES II). Artemis P. Simopoulos, MD, chairman of the Nutrition Coordinating Committee at the National Institutes of Health, told the Western Hemisphere Nutrition Congress VI in Los Angeles recently that "HANES II will provide us with not only an update on health status but also the first look at change in the nutritional status of the population over time."

At the same time, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been making a survey of food consumption in low-income households. Betty B. Peterkin, a USDA supervisory home economist, told the Los Angeles conference: "The objectives of this year's survey are to show the effect on diets of inflation during the