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How America Grew

A Timeline of National Growth

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  • NATS44
  • Great article, we need constant reminders as to why we are to fat.
  • There go I by the grace of good God.Love myself is key to who I'm for God gave me life.
  • Great article! Really puts it in black and white, exactly how we grew Gi-normous!

    Ann
  • MJMMJM10
    It wasn't that our forefathers (certainly in the UK) had low calorie diets. Diets of the 1930s to 1950s would be frowned on today. Cooked breakfasts, hunger satisfying lunches and multi course dinners provided a high carbohydrate, high protein, often high fat but not a high sugar diet. In the context of a worlds where few families had cars, where men walked or cycled to physical jobs while woman had a range of physically difficult household chores, it was an appropriate diet. (Although we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that when WWII started, a percentage of volunteers were found to be so malnourished that they needed to be put on feeding programmes before being trained as soldiers...and that childhood conditions linked with malnutrition still existed).
    There was never a dietary golden age.

    The issue IMHO is that generally we have replaced this diet with an "all you can eat" sugar filled diet while becoming less active. We don't even need to burn energy from food to keep warm in our temperature controlled houses and we burn little due to domestic gadgets and cars. In reality, we take more energy from oil and coal and need less from food.



  • Excellent article! Thank you!
  • I wish everyone in America would join SP and get a clue. I don't mean that in a mean way at all--I think we've all become clueless over the years due to these sort of incremental changes. Remember when we used to play games as a family or watch one 30 minute tv program and that was enough? I don't think we are as busy as we think we are--we just fill up our time with meaningless stuff that makes us feel stressed out and bad. Mental junk food is very similar to junk food. Quality is better than quantity in every aspect of life. Thanks, Mike, for writing such a great article. I love that SP always boldly tells the truth!
  • Fashion has INCREASED sizes so what use to be a size 14 is a 10, but people THINK they are still a 10 and that is so misleading. What was a size 5 is now a 0 and men's sizes are so much larger, with LOOSE-FIT, RELAXED FIT, etc. I find this to be what is sad. I look through my 1967 High School Yearbook and we were ALL thin, except for a couple of kids.
  • This article was very informative
  • All the Spark People articles are good, but this one is outstanding. I notice that any written by Mike are exceptional. This should be published everywhere, so guess it is up to us to Spread the Spark!
  • I loved your article i find it to be very informational.
  • this article was very informational. great job!
  • Great article. It is honest and shows all the small changes that led us to where we are now. I believe small changes can get us back to healthier people.
  • Loved this chronicle of food-related history as it progesses with 'progress' toward what are in fact bad habits with relatively swift momentum until we reach the end, and think: "ahHA! The solution to this nonsense is right here, indeed!" Of Course!
  • What a great article! Had we known how obese our nation would get, we wouldn't have thought the 'progress' would have been so great.

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