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Fitness Fridays – Graphs showing why people are getting FAT (Science is Awesome)


1. People Are Eating More Junk Food Than Ever

Food Spending, Smaller

Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Fast Food, Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance.Whole Health Source.

People are eating more calories than before… but pretty much all of the increase has come from processed foods.

In the graph above, you see how the population changed its eating habits in the past 120-130 years.

At the turn of the 20th century, people were eating mostly simple, home-cooked meals. Around 2009, about half of what people ate was fast food, or other foods away from home.

This graph actually underestimate the true change, because what people are eating at home these days is also largely based on processed foods.

2. Sugar Consumption Has Skyrocketed

Sugar Consumption in the UK and USA

Source: Johnson RJ, et al. Potential role of sugar (fructose) in the epidemic of hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of…

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  1. As a vegan, I don’t eat fast food, however eating this way can be time consuming. I love it, although every once in a while I’ll get Chinese take out. I understand why people eat fast food, I just can’t believe how much of it that they eat. Crazy!

  2. when a burger costs a dollar, or 4 junk items cost $4, and a salad costs $5, one eats within one’s budget. I can’t afford a per-ounce salad that satisfies me. I eat a lot of PBJ, or other sandwiches, rice, mac and cheese, ramen, and I only go out once in a while. I wish eating right wasn’t overpriced. We eat more calories because the calories we can afford are empty and leave us unsatisfied.

  3. Nombre hit it right on the head. As a college student, you learn pretty quickly that some lifestyles (especially the healthy ones) cannot be supported and that you must do what you can to “survive”. Those habits become ingrained in your life and suddenly you’re eating a lot of garbage because it’s all you’ve known for a long time-your taste buds have become acclimated to salt, sugar and grease. It’s an addiction and that makes it harder to break.

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