Monday, September 10, 2012

A Graphic on What Americans Eat

I'm not a big reader of Men's Health Journal, but I was recently looking for a graphic to share with you all, and came across this little beauty. According to their research, the average American ate 2000 pounds, literally a ton, in 2011.

I don't know how this compares to previous years, or to historical trends. Of course we'd all guess that Americans haven't eaten such Herculean amounts in the past, but I don't have any figures to back that up. What is interesting, though, is that our eating patterns have changed considerably - more meat, soda, cheese and grains, and interestingly, less coffee. Obviously, this chart leaves out the important question of how many fruits and vegetables Americans ate in the 1980s and 1950s, but it sheds light on how our diet has changed in the past 50 years. Some of you might recall this graphic from a few months ago, which further underlines that Americans are shifting their eating habits, and eating more. Is it any surprise, then, that Americans are eating more meat, cheese and soda?