Performance Standards for Restaurants A New Approach to Addressing the Obesity Epidemic
Deborah Cohen, Rajiv Bhatia, Mary T. Story, Stephen D. Sugarman, Margo Wootan, Christina D. Economos, Linda Van Horn, Laurie P. Whitsel, Susan Roberts, Lisa M. Powell, Angela Odoms-Young, Jerome D. Williams, Brian Elbel, Jennifer Harris, Manel Kappagoda, Catherine M. Champagne, Kathleen Shields, Lenard I. Lesser, Tracy Fox and Nancy Becker
The United States is in the throes of an unprecedented epidemic of obesity, fueled in part by consumption of food away from home (FAFH), which comprises an increasing share of the American diet. From 1962 to 2002, spending on FAFH rose from 27 percent to 46 percent of all food dollars (Variyam, 2005). About one-third of a person’s daily calories now come from food prepared outside of the home (Lin, Frazao, and Guthrie, 1999).
FAFH is a public health concern because of its generally poorer nutritional quality and higher calorie content than food consumed at home (Todd, Mancino, and Lin,...