Americans Rarely Sit and Eat

Americans rarely just sit and eat. In a national poll, 62 percent of people surveyed admitted to being too busy to sit down for a meal. Many reported eating lunch while working at their desks or eating while driving. According to nutritionists, though, this practice is unhealthy.For one thing, it tends to make us fat. Not focusing on the food we are eating while we consume it prevents from feeling really satisfied when we finish. As a result, we eat more. In addition, eating quickly while performing other tasks prevents us from realizing how much we are eating. Thus, we often consume more calories than we need or even want, and the pounds add up.

Robbing ourselves of time to eat a meal without doing anything else squanders opportunities to rest and enjoy life. We also miss chances to connect with our friends and family members over shared meals. For all of these reasons, say nutritionists, we should view meals as a chance to turn everything off, sit at the table, and concentrate on enjoying the food and the company. (Source of information: Nanci Hellmich, “Most People Multitask, So Most People Don’t Sit Down to Eat,” USA Today, September 30, 2004, p. 8D.)

Which of the following statements best expresses the opinion argued in this passage?

a. Eating while reading is the main cause of obesity in America.

b. Eating while driving only encourages us to eat more than we should.

c. Eating while working is physically harmful.

d. Americans need to relearn the ability to enjoy a meal.

Which of the following statements could be used to support the author’s point of view?

a. For example, Janine Wilson, an overweight accountant with two children, regularly eats lunch at her desk and snacks while driving her car yet Wilson claims she always feels hungry.

b. As several studies show, overweight people tend to eat more quickly than normal-sized people.

c. Contrary to popular belief, multitasking often does not increase productivity; in time of fact, time is lost in the switch from one task to another.


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