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This reminds me of the dog food (think of a popular color) commercials where the owners read the ingredients & compare what they've been giving their pets. Like they've never before read the label. I wonder what they themselves eat. Glad the tide is turning, more farmers markets, young people getting in touch where food comes from & how it is produced. Healthier options are getting into stores even in smaller towns or on line. We need home ec back in school for all kids & emphasis on making recipes that are wholesome & balanced, nutritious meal plans for everyday life. Report
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At ninety, I have lived through all of these changes. Families always sat down to dinner together, because there was no alternative and Moms' job was probably taking care of her family. The kids played outside-kick the can, basketball, biking, etc. until it was time to have "supper". The evening entertainment was listening to the radio, playing board games and an occasional movie at the neighborhood theater. Times have changed, not altogether for the best. Parents jobs today should be teaching their children that life doesn't exist entirely on their cell phone and WI FI. Food prepared at home can taste good. Physical activity doesn't mean charging their electronic gadgets! Progress made during the last hundred years is beyond amazing. I just wish the population would learn to use it to a better advantage. Sparks can help do this. Report
Thank you, Sparkpeople, for helping get those of us concerned about our health and good food back on track. Report
Very startling article. Report
Thanks for a great article! :) Report
I was in high school when the first McDonalds opened in my town, then a flurry of other fast food joints opened quickly afterward. I was amazed at how tasty salty fries and burgers were, and an addiction of sorts started. It went on for several decades. I was in my late fifties when I finally stopped, but I am sure a big part of my struggle with obesity involves my fast food addiction. Wish I could turn the clock back, knowing what I do now. Sadly, one of my daughters was introduced to fast food by me so she is struggling also. Report
We gain and lose as we progress. Change is eternal. Sometimes even the good gets left behind. Report
How about adding these to the timeline:

1911 Crisco invented, margarine, vegetable oil, and other transfat products become common.
1930's Physicians note a "heart disease epidemic" for the previously uncommon disease.
1950's Cholesterol identified as key player in heart disease. Vegetable oils and margarine become even more popular.
1970's and 80's Low fat foods become common. Carbohydrate replaces natural fat, for palatability.
1990's Science discovers connection between transfats and heart disease.

Not saying that this is the full story either, just that it needs to be included. Take the natural fat out of whole foods, and you have to replace it with something else, and the food becomes more processed and higher in carbs.
Outstanding article! I was there for most of this! Report
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I remember many of these fads. Funny. I even touted low fat diets to my friends. Glad to know better now. Report
In addition to the comment about Swanson's creating tv dinners because people are busier, let's add that in the 1950's and early 1960's one income in a household could support, for many (not all ) families. Now it takes every adult (and sometimes even children) in the household to keep the finances afloat. This has led to new generations not knowing how to shop, how to cook or plan because they never saw it growing up. I work behind a culinary department and can witness that the majority of our younger people come in with no idea how to prepare food, or even coffee (come on, water and beans). This definitely pushes people towards convenient/fast food. Report
How sad that marketing and fast foods evolved with no regard for healthy foods. It is also sad that there are so many over weight people in America. Every where I look they are obese and continue to put chips, sodas, and other junk food in their car at the grocery storet. It is great that some of the fast food restaurants are beginning to add more nutritious foods to their menus, and some of the tv dinners are somewhat more healthy, but the damage has been done! But I say, if a person is really interested in their health, they will look in the mirror and make up their minds. Do they want to be here to watch their children grow up and get married and have children? Although I don't have any children, I have fur babies. And my answer is yes, I want to be here for them. Report

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