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How America Grew

A Timeline of National Growth

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Another great article from Mike Kramer. He is my favorite author, he has superior writing skills. Report
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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!!!??? Report
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. Report
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. Report
Great article! I love timelineds like this. Report
Thanks for this article! It was fascinating to see the increase in serving sizes and the advent of the Snack Month! Report
I cannot believe there was a national Snack Food Month!!!! How horrible!!! Report
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. Report
Thank You Cris Downey for bringing us this site to open our eyes and give us HOPE! Report
The fattening of America documented in one short essay! Sad but true! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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... Report
Thank you 2003 for returning hope! Report
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! Report

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