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How America Grew

A Timeline of National Growth

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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.
  • 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.
  • Great article! I love timelineds like this.
  • Thanks for this article! It was fascinating to see the increase in serving sizes and the advent of the Snack Month!
  • I cannot believe there was a national Snack Food Month!!!! How horrible!!!
  • 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.
  • Thank You Cris Downey for bringing us this site to open our eyes and give us HOPE!
  • The fattening of America documented in one short essay! Sad but true!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's amazing to see it broken down like that. My grandmother eats what I had always considered (before I came to SparkPeople!) really tiny portions, but she always says it was how she was raised. I was raised with the "You can't leave the dinner table til you've cleaned your plate," which was massive. Seconds were always welcomed! Look how far we've come...
  • Thank you 2003 for returning hope!
  • In a world of instant gratification, it is challenging to go back to basics. Thank goodness for SparkPeople. I have to re-learn to get healthy so that I can start living again. Thanks, Spark!
  • Very insightful information. That's why I order kid's meals when I do eat fast food, just for portion control.
  • How ironic- while not trying to ignore my own responsibility- makes you wonder about all the so called "labour saving devices" and all the extra large and supersized this and that just to sell us more STUFF- isn't the corporate profit motive part in all of this??

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