Profile America: National Junk Food Day

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Thursday, July 20 — A substantial and recurring feature of national media reporting is devoted to nutrition and health. There, doctors and public health officials express concerns about obesity, diabetes and the quality of the diet of many Americans. However, junk food shows little sign of waning in popularity. So with unrepentant advocacy, tomorrow is National Junk Food Day. It celebrates the naughty temptations on offer, notably at the nearly quarter-million fast food outlets across the country, which employ 3.6 million workers.

Still, the American agricultural sector produces a bounty of healthier choices. Our farms, along with some imports, make 260 pounds of fruit and 385 pounds of vegetables available per capita annually.

Profile America is in its 21st year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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