We all know obesity has risen over the past several decades in America. Today two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese. Most of us also know we eat too much refined, processed foods, or food-like items, as Michael Pollan calls them, and get too little activity.
You also likely know what we should be eating to be healthy and lose some weight – vegetables, fruit, lean meats, whole grains (although I rarely do on my low carb diet) some dairy (I believe full fat is better than low fat as it’s more nutritious) and healthy fats like nuts, seeds, olive and coconut oil and avocados. In moderate portions.
If you know a bit more, you may know big business began over processing foods in the 1970’s to give them a longer shelf life, transport them more easily and make more money on less substance. Government gave, and still does give, food subsidies to farmers to over produce corn. That corn is now in most of our food like items, over processed as non-nutritious starch and turned into inflammatory high fructose corn syrup.
Still, I found it interesting to see our eating patterns in pictures – how our food consumption has changed over the last several decades. The picture above came from the article, “How Americans Got So Fat, in Charts.” You may want to have a look too.