Americans Eat All Day, Not Three Square Meals

In one of a different kind of studies earlier it was found many Americans are not following the usual three-meals-a-day routine, but replaced it with eating all day long, even about 15 or more hours.

The finding was based on a smartphone app designed to track every bite of what people eat.

Study co-author Satchidananda Panda said people have lately been not eating three meals a day, but they are eating randomly, random items and also random combinations of items like rice crispy with spicy trail mix or cream-cheese-Cheeto sandwich.

Panda is an obesity researcher at the Salk Institute’s Regulatory Biology Laboratory in California. He said most people think they are confining to the eating routine, but after tracking their eating patterns the fact revealed was different.

Details of the study can be found in the Cell Metabolism journal.

For 21 days 150 men and women between the age group of 21 and 55 were asked to snap photos of the food and drinks they consumed. The app tracked their calorie intake along with other details including time of eating and the place where food was eaten.

According to Panda, the new mobile app is not designed as a dietary consumer aid, but to serve as a research tool.

Assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Lona Sandon, said such eating habit is not good for health.