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How America Grew

A Timeline of National Growth

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE

4/9/2012 12:42:32 PM

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Great article. Sad to read how the obesity problem has evolved over time.

KAYTEETOO

4/9/2012 4:28:14 AM

Wow the National Snack Food Month and its consequences are pretty shocking.

SUPERMOUSE35

1/4/2012 11:21:49 AM

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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.

CAROLFAITHWALKR

9/10/2011 10:47:22 AM

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Another great article from Mike Kramer. He is my favorite author, he has superior writing skills.

LYNNSER1

8/16/2011 12:36:17 PM

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!!!???

MARGEMF

8/10/2011 12:33:43 AM

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Interesting article, thank-you. A logical explanation for why the average size for women today is a size 14. I have an interest in vintage & pre-vintage jewelry. Something I find interesting is that many necklaces from that time are ~ 15" give or take an inch. I also think that people then in general were smaller in size than people presently are. Add that to the time line & then people wonder why obesity has become such a problem.

HARLOW10

4/19/2011 9:37:03 PM

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I'm not surprised by any of this. I've always said that America's obesity epidemic started with fast food and t.v. dinners. People don't cook at home anymore. Some people have three meals a day at McDonalds.

My grandparents ate the MN farmer's diet of hotdish, pot roast, etc., but were always slim and healthy, because they cooked their own meals with stuff that came from their farm, ate the right proportions, and only went to Hardees or something once in a blue moon. They were also very active and didn't sit in front of the tv and computer day and night.

That's what has changed with the our waist size over the years: convenience. Instead of taking an hour to cook a meal, we throw something frozen in the oven or microwave, run to the nearest fast food joint, or order a pizza. It's all so, convenient.

WYO_CASEY

4/16/2011 8:40:32 AM

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Great article! I love timelineds like this.

KADLENA

1/19/2011 4:51:40 PM

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Thanks for this article! It was fascinating to see the increase in serving sizes and the advent of the Snack Month!

THEBEEZ

1/19/2011 4:05:51 AM

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I cannot believe there was a national Snack Food Month!!!! How horrible!!!

EASTCOASTKELLY

1/9/2011 10:22:08 PM

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Fascinating. What is now a "kids meal" (and not even a "big kids meal") was originally a meal meant for any average adult, and was a treat, not a regular weekly or daily meal. It's amazing how much has changed in as little as one generation.

SYRETTAJANE

1/9/2011 1:55:09 PM

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Thank You Cris Downey for bringing us this site to open our eyes and give us HOPE!

PITTERPATT444

11/18/2010 1:29:16 PM

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The fattening of America documented in one short essay! Sad but true!

BELLAWHIMSIES

11/1/2010 10:40:11 AM

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Yet another perspective on how corporate greed is decimating what was once the most prosperous nation on earth. I'm so thankful for SparkPeople & other grassroots efforts that are trying to rescue us from this nightmare.

VALKYR8

11/1/2010 9:20:35 AM

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That was an interesting perspective on what has happened to American eating habits in a relatively short period of time. I'm personally encouraged by the presence of nutrition info at more food establishments and it certainly makes it easier for me to keep track of my calorie intakes. Getting used to being satisfied on the proper portion size does take some time.

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