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Could America Finally Be Getting Skinnier?

After decades of eating more and more junk food, Americans are finally starting to eat less. A recent report shows that the average calorie consumption is substantially decreasing for the first time since the U.S. government started monitoring calorie intake more than 40 years ago.

The number of calories consumed by the average American adult reached a peak in 2003, but those numbers are finally starting to go down. The average American now drinks 25 percent less soda than in the late 1990s, at which time he or she was drinking 40 gallons a year.

Children between the ages of two and five have made an impressive improvement with a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate in the past decade. The average calorie consumption of children is also down by 9 percent.

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More than a third of Americans are still obese, but experts believe that they are spending less money on food. However, Americans are still eating too much junk food and not nearly enough fruits and vegetables. There is hope that this may start to change, now that Americans seem to be more aware of the health effects of a poor diet.

"I think people are hearing the message and diet is slowing improving," Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, head of nutrition science at Tufts University, told Daily Mail.

Efforts are being made to encourage better eating habits across America. First lady Michelle Obama continues to campaign for healthy eating and fitness programs, and President Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act forces chain restaurants to publish the calorie content of their food items. New York has begun to limit the types of food in day care centers, and Philadelphia is subsidizing fruits and vegetables for low-income households.

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