The Economist recently reported that between 1980 and 2008, the number of adults with diabetes more than doubled. In the United States, it increased more than 60 percent; women alone jumped 79 percent.

This is clearly not the restaurant industry’s fault alone. Most people can eat themselves into a diabetic coma pretty good without much help from Wendy’s or Taco Bell.

However, there is ample evidence out there that an increasing number of meals are consumed away from home. Or are consumed at home, but purchased at a restaurant or supermarket takeout counter.

I think the National Restaurant Association can say best: According to the  “Top Ten Facts in 2011”  71 percent of people say they try to eat healthier now at restaurants than they did two years ago.”

The emphasis on the word try was mine.

Because we all know that if the NRA had asked if people were successful at this goal, its membership would be put to shame.

Oh, yes, we are trying. But too many restaurants aren’t helping.