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How America Grew

A Timeline of National Growth

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  • I remember many of these fads. Funny. I even touted low fat diets to my friends. Glad to know better now.
  • In addition to the comment about Swanson's creating tv dinners because people are busier, let's add that in the 1950's and early 1960's one income in a household could support, for many (not all ) families. Now it takes every adult (and sometimes even children) in the household to keep the finances afloat. This has led to new generations not knowing how to shop, how to cook or plan because they never saw it growing up. I work behind a culinary department and can witness that the majority of our younger people come in with no idea how to prepare food, or even coffee (come on, water and beans). This definitely pushes people towards convenient/fast food.
  • How sad that marketing and fast foods evolved with no regard for healthy foods. It is also sad that there are so many over weight people in America. Every where I look they are obese and continue to put chips, sodas, and other junk food in their car at the grocery storet. It is great that some of the fast food restaurants are beginning to add more nutritious foods to their menus, and some of the tv dinners are somewhat more healthy, but the damage has been done! But I say, if a person is really interested in their health, they will look in the mirror and make up their minds. Do they want to be here to watch their children grow up and get married and have children? Although I don't have any children, I have fur babies. And my answer is yes, I want to be here for them.
  • JANBROS
    Kind of made me sad seeing how marketing and technology were used to encourage unhealthy choices/habits.
  • When I visited Las Vegas in the 80's I was shocked at how big the portion sizes were and couldn't understand why! I thought that maybe I'd ordered a sharing plate! I thought then about how much waste there must have been - and I was brought up to clean my plate. I can't imagine how big restaurant portions are now! Trouble is it normalises what is not normal and people lose touch with what and how much they're eating.
  • I don't think getting more for your money or getting your money's worth is wrong. Why are we blaming fast food for our eating habits? You either eat it or you don't. The main problem is self control and knowing for yourself how much you should be eating. These people are not responsible for you. Sadly, I think the only problem here is being fed really disgusting almost inhumane food. Even still, people have a choice. You either eat it or you don't If you want to eat it, choose the right portion sizes. When i eat out I choose the smallest portion. but i'd like the option to remain if I feel like a day of eating a large size. Just saying
  • I didn't so much mind the shameless plug for SparkPeople, but the fact that the article ended on that note. Left a bad taste in my mouth, I'm afraid. I wouldn't mind a lighthearted nod to SparkPeople, but puh-leaze. SP isn't the savior of mankind!
  • When McDonald's first opened, your drink came without ice -- you had to ask for ice -- so it's possible your 10 oz cup held more soda than you get in a small drink today.
  • "During the next 49 years, eating out becomes less of an event and more of a necessity as people get busier and busier."

    Many civilizations have favored eating out because of busy schedules or as a sign of status. The first I can think of is Rome. Cities in the Roman Empire were covered in little places where you could stop and get food (It wasn't exactly "health food" either). Often people lived in houses or apartments that lacked a kitchen. So, eating "out" was required for survival.

  • what i'm curious about is why portion sizes increased in the first place. anyone got insight on that?
  • i did not know that SP has been around since 2003!!! Awesome!
    it needs to be updated...isn't the new thing instead of a pyramid it's the plate!
  • MEOWMEOWGIRL
    I tried Olean potato chips back in 1998 on a dare from a college friend. Worst decision ever! I spent the rest of the night with stomach cramps and running to the bathroom. Come to find out years later that the fat molecules are linked in a way comparable to chicken feed! Yuck!
  • liked the article. It is really something to think about when you are trying to make health food choices as to how our food got in the state that it is.
  • This article is pretty heavily slanted; I like reading things that are informative and useful but when the bias is so obvious I tend to lose focus on the message.
    Thumbs down.
  • Oh, the year to remember: 2003! Thank you, Sparkpeople!

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