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It's easy to become obese in America. These 7 charts explain why.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Clearly it's gotten easier and easier to gain weight, and harder and harder to avoid it.

So what's going on here? There's an obvious answer - we eat more than we burn off. But increasingly public health experts agree that we are not consciously choosing to overeat.



Full article here - www.vox.com/2016/8/31/12
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  • SPEEDYDOG
    Thanks for the Vox link. I had gone to the store to buy a few food items yesterday. I bought organic fresh fruit and vegetables. The tally at checkout was whopping $65 dollars! I only bought a relative small amount so I would be able to eat all of it before it spoiled.

    I noticed if I bought sugary soda and potato chips I would have gotten far more calories for very dollars. Cage free, organic eggs cost twice as much as the standard eggs. Fresh apples cost $3 per pound.

    Going out to eat is an adventure. Trying to avoid greasy, high calorie foods is difficult.

    At my local store, the product section is relatively small. The area devoted to soft drinks and salty snacks is gigantic!

    Thanks, Bruce
    1423 days ago
  • VHALKYRIE
    Yeah it's true. American dining sells volume, not quality.
    1428 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    And how much do you wanna bet that the chart that shows "Other vegetables and legumes" included corn, which isn't even a veggie!
    1428 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8260135
    The article stated: "Researchers have pointed out that if Americans actually followed the US dietary guidelines and started to eat the volume and variety of produce health officials recommend, we wouldn’t have nearly enough to meet consumer demand." Now, THAT was the line that stumped me!
    1428 days ago
  • NJMATTICE
    Thanks for the link.
    -Nancy
    1429 days ago
  • no profile photo CD16421501
    That was a good article. It didn't mention how plate sizes have grown too. It's very interesting to see how the size of our plate (at home) affects our portions. Here is a great website on it: www.smallplatemovement.org but good luck finding smaller plates in the stores! And be careful about toxic lead on the old ones you can find second hand. I usually eat off our "small" plates because our big ones are huge.
    1429 days ago
  • KATHYGBENNETT
    Supersize means supersize!
    1429 days ago
  • COUPONMOMMA7719
    WOW...
    1429 days ago
  • TRAILGRLJESS
    Yikes!
    1429 days ago
  • RO2BENT
    Whole foods and portion control
    1429 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    An eye-opener..
    1429 days ago
  • DOROTHY58X
    Yikes
    1429 days ago
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