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A Timeline of National Growth


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  • When was growing up, the closest McDonald's was 25 miles away and it was a rare and special treat. The burger was the tiny burger that they have now and the fries were the child fries. That was all that was available back then and I would guess that we went there maybe once a year. Now there is a McDonald's everywhere and the portions are huge. Thankfully most fast food joints are making at least a little bit of effort to offer healthy choices, which I think is a good trend since there will always be people who will eat at those places.
  • I worked at McDonald's in high school 84-86. I remember when the 32 oz drink came out. We thought it was huge. What is now considered a small drink used to be the medium size. What is now a child's size drink used to be an adult small. The supersize fry did not even exist. Buffet restaurants are everywhere now. When I was younger we had one buffet restaurant in town. It was considered upscale. You dressed up to go there and it was a special occasion place. Now people hit the buffet restaurants at least once a week after church. Food has definitely taken over our lives. The one area that amazes me that people actually eat the stuff is when you go to a fair or festival. The food trucks each year come up with some new fried/sugary item each year that doesn't even look good yet people just chow down on it.
  • This is a good article. It have one point that I don't agree with! Weight Watchers is the only "diet" plan that is actually healthy and sustainable. They are NOT a "quick fix" as you stated in the article! The only problem with the program is the price. They are the same nutritionally as what SparkPeople advocates!
  • If someone wasn't paying attention, they should now! What a mess we have become. Thank you Spark people!
  • We have to eat real food and smaller portions
  • We need this article for alot of the kids today.
  • Having been born in 1950 my weight has gone up a lot and seeing some of the reasons makes me thankful for the last entry - Sparkpeople. Your program has brought focus and beneficial life style changes into my life. Thank you for being the port in the storm. God Bless.
  • hip-hip horay for sanity!
  • I love seeing this timeline! NO WONDER! Thank You!
  • I too have seen it all. It is amazing how quickly our bad habits have developed.

    I don't believe that we as a nation or a people will ever regain the health we once had.

    It is taking sheer determination and I am now beginning to once again enjoy healthy living thanks to RE-EDUCATION and RE-PROGRAMING by SparkPeople!
  • ANGELA563
    Being born in the latter half of the 1950s, I remember most of these events occurring. Yes, soda at fast food restaurants were much smaller than today, we rarely ate out at them anyway as mom always cooked dinner, and school lunches were made at home and taken with you to school until High School, when we got to finally eat at the cafeteria. It's no wonder we have a dilemma regarding obesity in this country.
  • I have been alive through most of these events. I remember packing up my grandmas dishes when she passed and making the comment to my mom that the dinner plates were so very much smaller than the ones we buy today! I think that our parents and grandparents had the "Clue". Everything in moderation. Control portion. Eat home cooked and in regular intervals. Don't skip meals. And Drink plenty of water. did mom get so smart!
    It would have been more interesting if the actual portion sizes were listed and compared in a timeline.

    I also didn't think the Sparkpeople plug should have been included, although Weight Watchers was also. Neither is the ultimate solution to obesity.
  • It was interesting to see the timeline. Since I grew up during that time,and can relate to how different people eat as time passes. But it is still comes down to choice.
    No one forced a person to eat fast food daily. No one says you have to consume every morsel of restaurant portioned food. You buy the sodas, the snacks.
    It's easy find blame as to why society has become a nation of heavyweight, obese people. But you as a responsible person shoulders most of the blame.
    So now you know, it's up to each individual to make the right choices in what and how much they eat.
  • Want an eye opener? Watch the movie Supersize Me. It's about a 30 day all McDonald's movie. It truely amazed me.

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