Poll: Americans Eating Fewer Veggies, Exercising Less

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We’re eating fewer fruits and veggies, we’re exercising less, and we’re smoking more. So says a new Gallup poll.

The questions in this Gallup poll ask, “Did you eat five servings of fruits and veggies at least four days last week?” “Did you exercise at least three days?” And, “Did you smoke?”

The poll finds an increase in unhealthy habits. But people here in Center City say they try to be healthy, “I belong to a gym; I just don’t have time to go there.  I wake up with the thought of going, I just don’t have time.”

Juliette says, while she doesn’t meet the poll’s benchmarks, she still considers herself healthy.

“Yeah, pretty healthy,” she says. “I’m older and I can still move around so I’m pretty healthy.”

As far as eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables at least four days last week, Keesha from North Philly says… almost. “If pizza counts, I do it. I don’t eat correctly, but I eat good enough.”

The poll says 4.5-million fewer Americans ate healthy in May of this year as compared to last.  Gallup says one reason could be because gas prices spiked so people ate less expensive, less healthy foods.

Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio 1060

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