Monday, June 4, 2012

A Monday Morning Graphic on Fast Food

It's another Monday, so I'm posting another graphic. This week's image was actually produced by the CDC in an effort to get Americans thinking and talking about the link between fast food and our national weight problem. The increase in portion sizes in the last 50 years has been a major contributor to our now rampant health problems. If you're interested in learning more, I recommend the book Fat Land by Greg Critser. It's relatively short, and pins the rise on a few factors, including high fructose corn syrup and increased portion size. The author links these changes to the economic forces that govern industrialized foods, and makes a strong case in an easily readable format. I highly recommend it, and also recommend thinking about this graphic the next time you're given the option to upsize your meal.