Reports, Studies and Statistics

Collage of Reports

Features general and key reports and studies on a variety of nutrition topics. For other studies, be sure to look under the specific topic of interest, such as Weight and Obesity, or US Nutrition Assistance Programs.



America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

Find a forum on child and family statistics, including the most recent report on children, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being (PDF|3.13 MB).


Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents (PDF | 3.6 MB)

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Find evidence-based guidelines for preventing cardiovascular disease by managing risk factors. Order a free copy of the Full Report or Summary Report from the NHLBI Online Catalog.


Graph Food and Nutrition Service Research, Reports and Studies

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Find reports and studies related to Federal nutrition assistance programs conducted by the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) of USDA.


WIC Program Studies and Research

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.


Child Nutrition Studies and Research

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.


Food Distribution Studies and Research

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Studies and Research

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Formerly the Food Stamp Program.


WIC Reports and Statistics

USDA. NAL. WIC Works Resource System.

Features statistics and reports on a variety of maternal and child nutrition topics as well as many related to the WIC Program and its impacts.


Food Access Research Atlas

USDA Economic Research Service

An online mapping tool that measures access to affordable, nutritious food by census tract, using indicators such as distance to grocery stores and vehicle availability, and updates previous estimates of food desert census tracts.


USDA State Fact Sheets

USDA. Economic Research Service.

State fact sheets provide information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each State in the United States.


Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Institute of Medicine. National Research Council of the National Academies.

Provides recommended steps local governments can take in creating environments that make it easier for children to eat healthy diets and get more physical activity. Read the full report online.


Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs: FANRP Research Findings

USDA. Economic Research Service.

An electronic database of the hundreds of peer-reviewed reports and articles based on Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP)-supported research published at ERS and elsewhere.


Eating and Health Module - American Time Use Survey

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Includes statistics on time spent in eating and drinking activities, grocery shopping, and meal preparation for the population age 15 and older and for participants in the Food Stamp Program.


Your Food Environment Atlas

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Provides county-level statistics on food environment factors, such as access to grocery stores, food prices, community health, and food assistance programs, that shape food choices and diet quality.


Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption, 1970-2005

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Examines major trends in the amount of food available for consumption in the United States between 1970 and 2005. Also estimates whether Americans are meeting Federal dietary recommendations for each of the major food groups.


Price Trends Are Similar for Fruits, Vegetables, and Snack Foods

USDA. Economic Research Service.

An increase in the price of fruits and vegetables relative to less healthy foods could reduce consumers' incentives to purchase fruits and vegetables and result in less healthy diets; however, price trend evidence suggests that the price of a healthy diet has not changed relative to an unhealthy one.


Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

Department of Health and Human Services.

Committee report that documents the scientific background and rationale for the 2008 edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The Physical Activity Guidelines summarize the latest knowledge about activity and health, with depth and flexibility targeting specific population subgroups.


Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General

DHHS. CDC. PCPFS. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Reports the evidence that physical activity can substantially improve health and quality of life.


Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases: Report of a Joint WHO/FAO Expert Consultation (PDF | 722 KB)

World Health Organization.

This report reviews the burden of diet-related diseases around the world as well as regional food consumption patterns. It provides recommendations regarding the role of diet and physical activity in the prevention of disease.


C-SNAP Reports and Briefs

C-SNAP: Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program.


Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being

Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.

Provides updated statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and over. The indicators are categorized into five broad areas-population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors and health care.


Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report 2010 cover Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010

United States Department of Agriculture; Department of Health and Human Services.

Report that reviews the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and documents the scientific background and rationale for changes to be incorporated into the 2010 release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.