According to an article from the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, how much we eat has increased significantly over the last several years. For example:
- Twenty years ago a bagel was 3 inches wide. Now they are 6 inches and have gone from 140 calories to 350
- The average restaurant meal is four times larger than in the 1950s
- In the 1960s dinner plates were about 9 inches in diameter, today they are nearly twelve inches
As you may guess, obesity rates among Americans, including children, have also increased over the last 35 years.
It should come as no surprise that the United States is the most obese country in the world- except for some Pacific Islands and two Middle East countries. Keep that in mind when you think about health care costs and comparisons with other developed countries.
Weren’t Americans the inventors of “supersize?” Now we be it.