Do You Eat Like An Average American?
We hear a lot of health-related statistics referencing the average American in the news. Topics range from their rising diabetes rates to their lack of exercise, but who exactly is the average American? It’s the guy on the Biggest Loser right? I don’t know how to break this to you, but it’s you. The guy on the biggest loser is you five…maybe ten years from now. Your age/height/weight may vary slightly from the average American depicted in the Visual Economics poster, but the numbers shown will be close to what we eat (on average) in a single year.
I know…the artist put a pepper in the vegetable section and peppers are technically fruit. Throw tomatoes at it if you must (it doesn’t look like we’re eating them), but it’s the bar at the bottom of the poster (see below) that we all need to worry about. If we are taking-in 2,700 calories a day and we aren’t Olympic athletes, we’ll live shorter lives than our parents and the end (on average) won’t be pretty. Average food types totals below:
Would you like to help your family take a huge step in the right direction without doing any work? Great, cut out a major source of sugar and unwanted chemicals (like food coloring) by taking soda out of your lives completely. Don’t drink it at work, don’t let your kids drink it at school, and ban it from your home. All forms of cola (including diet) is a thing of the past and that green devil Mountain Dew is an old, dead friend to you now. Not only will everyone in the family lose a little weight, but your chances of suffering from kidney stones, diabetes, tooth decay, and osteoporosis will decline dramatically in a matter of months.
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