Measured over 2014-2017

Throughout most of the day, more US women prepare food than men

Using 2014-17 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual American Time Use Survey , ERS researchers determined when Americans engage in food preparation, also looking at gender differences.

Over an average day in 2014-17, 54 percent of people age 15 and older engaged in food preparation with a noticeable gender disparity: 65 percent of women prepared food on an average day, compared to 41 percent of men.

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Counting only those Americans who prepared food on the day recorded in the survey, an average of 51 minutes per day were devoted to the activity, and women devoted more time than men (57 minutes versus 42 minutes).

The peak times for food preparation were at 7 to 7:59 a.m. (14 percent), followed by a smaller peak at noon to 12:59 p.m. (12 percent) and a much larger peak at 5 to 5:59 p.m. (28 percent).


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