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With obesity rates on the rise, the fact that Americans reported eating less healthy in 2013 is as troubling as ever.

The new Gallup-Healthways Well-being survey has been released, and it reveals very interesting data about the eating habits of Americans. In fact, fewer Americans reported that they ate healthy all day "yesterday" in 2013 than did so in any year since 2008.

In the Gallup-Healthways study, respondents were questioned about their eating habits and asked to report on whether they ate healthily “all day yesterday,” and in how many of the last seven days did they "have five or more servings of fruits and vegetables."

The responses indicated an overall decline in reported healthy eating.

Only 63.8% of Americans reported they ate healthily all day yesterday, and this beat the previous low of 66.1% reported in 2008.

Why the decline? Major droughts that hit the country in 2012 may partially be to blame.

Food prices in the U.S. increased in 2013, and fewer Americans reported that they had enough money to buy the food they needed over the past 12 months or the ability to access affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.

The percentage who reported eating healthily all day yesterday declined across upper, middle, and lower income groups in 2013, but lower income levels were most deficient and are also more likely to be obese than upper income groups.

Results of the survey are based on a random sample of telephone interviews of 1,947,144 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

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