The Chart Below Shows How Frequently People in the USA
The chart below shows how frequently people in the USA ate in fast food restaurants between 2003 and 2013.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Frequency of eating at fast food restaurants among people in the USA (2003-2013)
The bar chart displays the frequency with which people in the USA ate in fast-food outlets between 2003 and 2013.
Overall, in all three years, the two largest groups were those eating in fast-food restaurants once a week and those eating there once or twice a month. Those eating there daily and those never eating there, in comparison, accounted for the smallest proportions.
People eating in fast-food outlets once a week represented the largest segment of people in the USA in both 2003 and 2006, at about 31% and 33% respectively. However, the percentage dropped to roughly 27 in 2013. The proportion of those who fell into the “once or twice a month” category first declined from 30% to 25% between 2003 and 2006. It then went up significantly to around 33% in 2013, making this category the largest that year.
The proportion of those eating in fast-food restaurants several times a week varied between 15% and 20%, while the proportion eating there a few times a year showed an increase from approximately 13% to 15% over the period. By contrast, in none of the three years were more than 5% of people in either the “every day” or the “never” category. (202 words)
How to Write the Introduction Paragraph
The introductory paragraph should be a rewrite of the introductory text of the chart. Here are two ways to rewrite it.
How to Vary Your Language
Example The proportion of people who ate in fast-food restaurants daily was never as high as 5% in any of the three years.
There is no justification to use “on a daily basis”. It’s unnecessary verbiage.
Once a Week
Please don’t change “once a week” to “weekly”. “Weekly” is too imprecise for the chart because it can mean once a week or several times a week.
Proportion of People
When writing your essay, you may say something like “the proportion of people who…increased.” You can use the constructions below to avoid repeating “proportion of people” too many times.
Example In all three years, the smallest groups were those eating in fast-food restaurants daily.
Example Those eating in fast-food outlets once a week represented the largest segment of people in the USA in 2003.
Example No more than 5% of people were in either of the “every day” or “never” categories in any of the three years.
How to Group Data
I don’t think the most obvious features of the chart are which categories increased in 2013 and which decreased. That’s why I didn’t group them by trend. Instead, I grouped them according to which ones have big figures and which ones have smaller figures.