Americans grab a bite or take a sip during any activity, except sleeping

A pie chart showing the activities that accompanied secondary eating and drinking, years 2006 to 2008.

On an average day during 2006-08, Americans age 15 and older spent 78 minutes in secondary eating and drinking, that is while doing something else considered to be the primary activity. Secondary eating and drinking was reported as occurring in all 400-plus detailed activities, except sleeping and primary eating and drinking. The two most popular activities that accompanied secondary eating or drinking were watching television and engaging in paid work. Travel related to work or travel related to shopping was the next most frequent activity that accompanied secondary eating and drinking. The data for this chart come from How Much Time Do Americans Spend on Food?, EIB-86, November 2011.

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