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How America Grew

A Timeline of National Growth


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  • 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.
  • GENE1955
    Want an eye opener? Watch the movie Supersize Me. It's about a 30 day all McDonald's movie. It truely amazed me.
  • Yes, portion sizes grew immensely.
    Would love some pictures to illustrate.
  • [1] I love timelines; by extension I love this one
    [2] I do not like 'articles' split up over 2 or more 'pages' (generally for the sake of advertising dollars); see Farhad Manjoo's "Website Pagination" article at Slate (Oct. 1, 2012) for more on this poor design decision
    [3] I wish this went beyond 2003, that it included "My Plate" and the like
    [4] I could do without the sanctimonious editorializing; no, the U.S. was not in a downward dietary spiral until SparkPeople came along, and the attitude in the 2003 entry and the one about the internet, for example, obscure useful points with needless snark

    That having been said ... I like timelines.
  • No wonder my generation is so overweight. Mcdonald's opened the year I was born. Thank goodness they have become more healthy.
  • I think that adding the creation (and use) of High Fructose Corn Syrup warrants a mention as well.
  • Supermouse35,
    I don't think he is blaming either one of those companies. He is just stating with those innovations, it made it easier to eat more processed foods.
  • Great article. Sad to read how the obesity problem has evolved over time.
    Wow the National Snack Food Month and its consequences are pretty shocking.
  • You're blaming Amana and Swanson? Seriously? Rather than pointing a finger at the McGovern Committee and their recommendations for a high carb/low fat diet, you chose to blame Amana? Wow.
  • Another great article from Mike Kramer. He is my favorite author, he has superior writing skills.
    I would use in our wellness program IF you made it current!!!! 1998 is kind of a funny place to stop!! Have there been NO signifigant milestones pertinent to your subject since then!!!???

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