Our Fat Future [Eye Opening Infographic]

Here’s a visually impactful infographic from a website called Healthy Meal Experts. The most telling of all these stats is the 1700% percent growth in fast food spending in the US. In 1970, Americans spent $6 billion of burgers pizza and shakes. By 2000, the spend was up to $110 billion!

Let’s have a home cooked meal this weekend, shall we?

(Hat tip to Yaron)


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  • Rich

    Great post!  The only thing I don’t like in the graphic is the how myth of fat is still being presented on this blog.  If the graphic showed trans fats I would agree, but studies now are showing that eating fat (particularly dietary saturated fat) is NOT linked to CHD or CVD.  Other than that, great post!  I would love to see a decrease in people in eating at fast food restaurants.

    • Bryan

      Absolutely agree with you Rich.  Fooducate posts some great blogs, but needs to start explaining that not all fats are the same!

    • Bryan

      Absolutely agree with you Rich.  Fooducate posts some great blogs, but needs to start explaining that not all fats are the same!

  • Erin

    I’m a little bothered by the idea of the 164 pound woman being depicted that way. That’s not what an (average height) 164 or even 180 pound woman would look like and it will only promote body hate by representing them that way. Same with the male figure–way bigger than 190 pound dude.

  • Katie

    I think that the body graphic is just that… a graphic. 140 pound women don’t look like the graphic portrays them either. It’s a cartoon representation of body weight.

    • Aim131

      Totally agree. Not the picture representation I’m worried about, but the numbers and the health implications related to being overweight or obese.

    • Aim131

      Totally agree. Not the picture representation I’m worried about, but the numbers and the health implications related to being overweight or obese.

  • Cathy

    65% of Americans are now overweight and/or obese.  When you say “Our Fat Future” are you referring to a time when it reaches 100%?  (Won’t be long at the rate we’re going!)  I’m personally looking forward a time when when fat people are no longer hated and discriminated against, because everyone will be fat.  Maybe then blaming will stop and real solutions will be sought????

  • Jessica

    I know I look pretty hefty at 164 but I also know I don’t look so thin at 140.  I don’t think they had the time or space to add a representation of every body type on this.  Just the fact that our average women are now the same weight that an average man used to weigh in the 60′s says it all IMO.

  • Central Restaurant Products

    One’s height definitely matters with weight, so taking in everything else in this blog into consideration, those are some scary statistics! Great information, thanks for posting.

  • Gerome

    I’m interested at the take-away that different people get here from the chart. You don’t like the depiction of the overweight people? Ah, come on…. they’re overweight. Can we acknowledge this and not be judgmental – yes we can. This is a public health issue. Let’s not ignore it.

    Rich, I think that chart is showing a healthy oil. And the point is weight and consumption –  not CV health. Since you know that oils are calorie-dense, you can make the assumption that if we have a 63% increase on oil, it may have an affect on weight. (I don’t like how the graphic suggests about a four-fold increase in oils and fats.)

    I like the graph. It is factual. The strongest link I see and appreciate is the changes in portion size. Of the many many factors that contribute to obesity, “more calories in” has a pretty close correlation to weight gain.

  • Keepupthepace

    When you figure out muscle mass vs. fat.  It gets even worse.  I’m almost 60 and have better abs and muscle tone than most 25 year olds.

  • Cathy

    Factor in muslce vs. fat and it gets even worse.  I have better abs and muscle tone @ 60 than most 25 year olds.

  • Meghan

    Erm, that graphic says nothing about height. I weight 114 lbs, but I’m 5′ 2″. If I weighed 140, I’d look like the 160 girl. However, 160 would be a healthy weight for a tall girl. It’s all about BMI.

  • Ronit

    is anyone else a bit bothered that a cartoon of a honeycomb is used in place of HFCS? both are sugars, but one is certainly more detrimental than the other!