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This is copied from the NPR article What America Spends On Groceries.
Obviously the biggest difference is how much money Americans spend on processed foods and sweets. “We” (not me, people, not me!) spend 22.9% on processed crap and candy as opposed to 11.6% in 1982.
Another interesting fact? During the last 20 years, obesity has had a dramatic increase. You can find this and more horrifying information on this issue here: Adult Obesity Facts.
- More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
- No state has met the nation’s goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15%. The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30% or more has increased to 12 states in 2010. In 2009, nine states had obesity rates of 30% or more. In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30% or more.
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death.
- In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs paid by third-party payors for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
Go ahead and blame it on fat and red meat if you wish. I will then ask you to go ahead and read this information again, compare the numbers and think for yourself.