Lonely, single people are being blamed for America’s snacking frenzy
Edit: Here is a rebuttal by B. DePaulo:
Adult singles get blamed for everything (see links below under “Related Posts” for more on that)
(Link): Lonely, single people are being blamed for America’s snacking frenzy
- By Quentin Fottrell
- Published: Aug 12, 2015 11:25 a.m. ET
- As if they didn’t have enough on their plate trying to find a partner, single people are also being blamed for America’s snacking frenzy.
- The growth in snack foods being consumed at meal time is largely driven by people who are eating alone, according to an online survey of over 350,000 snack times a year by market research firm NPD Group.
- Last year, the average American eating alone consumed a snack food as a meal 191 times, up from 167 times in 2011, equating to billions more snacks (and calories) every year. (This includes potato chips that are eaten alongside a main meal or just the potato chips as a meal replacement; the study didn’t distinguish the kinds of snacks.)
- Smaller households and people eating alone are two of the key contributing factors, says Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst. The proportion of one-person households increased to 27% in 2012 from 17% in 1970, U.S. Census Bureau data found.
- In 2011, there were 32 million one-person households versus 23 million in 1990. In 2012, one-in-five adults ages 25 and older had never been married, a separate analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center found. In 1960, only about one-in-10 adults in that age range had never been married.
- People living alone often don’t want to cook and buy too many groceries that go bad before they’re used, says Jill Weisenberger, a Yorktown, Va.-based registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and author of “The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition.”
- Her clients tell her: “It’s hard to shop and cook for one.” That’s one reason why people are buying more snack foods, she says. “They are individually packaged and often have a very long shelf life. That, and an awful lot of people do not have cooking skills.”
- Around one-quarter of the average American’s daily calorie intake is due to snacks and effectively constitute a fourth meal, according to researchers at the 2011 expo of the Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit scientific society of those working in food science.
- “That doesn’t just mean one bag of snack chips at dinner,” Weisenberger says. “We really ought to be concerned about the nutritional value. That’s a large quantity of calories and should meet nearly 25% of our nutritional needs. That often isn’t the case.”Americans have some of the worst snacking habits in the world.
(Link): Illustrated Blog About Lonely Bachelor Meals – Blog by Some Single Guy
(Link): Study: People today living alone more than ever before
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(Link): Hey, Justice Kennedy: You don’t need to shame singles to uphold marriage by L. Bonos
(Link): The Holy Spirit Sanctifies a Person Not A Spouse – Weekly Christian Marriage Advice Column Pokes Holes in Christian Stereotype that Marriage Automatically Sanctifies People
(Link): Singles Advocate DePaulo Responds to Right Wing, Conservative Critics of Singlehood, Who Blame Singles For Breakdown of The Family
(Link): False Christian Teaching: “Only A Few Are Called to Singleness and Celibacy” or (also false): God’s gifting of singleness is rare – More Accurate: God calls only a few to marriage and God gifts only the rare with the gift of Marriage
(Link): Really, It’s Okay To Be Single – In order to protect marriage, we should be careful not to denigrate singleness – by Peter Chin
(Link): Is Singleness A Sin? by Camerin Courtney
(Link): More Anti-Singleness Bias From Southern Baptist Al Mohler – Despite the Bible Says It Is Better Not To Marry
(Link): The Myth of the Gift – Regarding Christian Teachings on Gift of Singleness and Gift of Celibacy
(Link): There is No Such Thing as a Gift of Singleness or Gift of Celibacy or A Calling To Either One
(Link): How Christians Have Failed on Teaching Maturity and Morality Vis A Vis Marriage / Parenthood – Used as Markers of Maturity Or Assumed to be Sanctifiers
(Link): “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” – one of the most excellent Christian rebuttals I have seen against the Christian idolatry of marriage and natalism, and in support of adult singleness and celibacy – from CBE’s site
(Link): Want To But Can’t – The One Christian Demographic Being Continually Ignored by Christians Re: Marriage
(Link): Ever Notice That Christians Don’t Care About or Value Singleness, Unless Jesus Christ’s Singleness and Celibacy is Doubted or Called Into Question by Scholars?
(Link): The Netherworld of Singleness for Some Singles – You Want Marriage But Don’t Want to Be Disrespected or Ignored for Being Single While You’re Single
(Link): To Get Any Attention or Support from a Church These Days you Have To Be A Stripper, Prostitute, or Orphan
(Link): The Irrelevancy To Single or Childless or Childfree Christian Women of Biblical Gender Complementarian Roles / Biblical Womanhood Teachings
(Link): Never Married Christians Over Age 35 who are childless Are More Ignored Than Divorced or Infertile People or Single Parents