Check out this interactive infographic. It shows a breakdown of our calorie consumption for every year since 1970 til 2008. Hover your mouse from left to right and you’ll see the progression (if it can be called that) of consumption over the past 4 decades.
On the year the Beatles broke up, we consumed on average 2168 calories per day. When Reagan was elected we were up to 2195 (not a bad decade). When the burger loving Bill Clinton took office, the number shot up to 2473. By the Beijing Olympics we were downing 2673 calories per day, almost 25% more than a generation earlier.
That’s 505 calories more per day than in 1970, every day! In one week, that’s an added pound of body weight (3500 calories is the equivalent of 1 lb).
The calorie breakdown is disappointing as well:
From 1970 to today, only 16 additional calories are from fruit. And we are minus 1 for vegetable calories. On the other hand, we are consuming 221 more calories of added fat today than we did back then. Pathetic.