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Why Americans are fat


from Daily Grist, Bonnie Azab Powell

Nibbling on the data nuggets found in this “Food Consumption in America” infographic delivers a real jaw-dropper, showing the literal weight of an average American’s food choices in a typical year.

According to the graphic from banking site Visual Economics, which combines data from sources such as the USDA, FDA, and CDC, the average man is 5’9″ and weighs 190 pounds, while the average woman is 5’4″ and weighs 164 lbs. A quick check of the Mayo Clinic’s Body Mass Index calculator shows that both Joe and Jane Sixpack are thus overweight, with a BMI of 28.1—30 and above is classified as obese.

When you look at the breakdown of breakfast (and the many meals that follow), it’s obvious why. The average American ingests 1,996.3 pounds of food per year. That includes the sweetly sickening statistic that we annually swallow 141.6 pounds of sweeteners (42 of them from corn syrup). We eat a lot of animal products—62.4 pounds of beef, 46.5 pounds of pork, and 73.6 pounds of poultry, mostly chicken—and 600.5 pounds of dairy products other than cheese (an additional 31.4 pounds). And we go for the Big Gulp, downing a gallon of soda a week.

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