How Much We Eat

by | Aug 4, 2008

An eye-opening article published Sunday in the New York Times gives data from the USDA that approximates how much food consumption has changed since 1970. Not surprisingly, it has gone up… to the tune of almost 2 lbs extra per week! And it isn’t 2 lbs of broccoli. Most of the increase has been in meats, grains, sugars and fats.

Marion Nestle also chimed in, adding that since 1970 our daily caloric intake has gone from 3,200 to 4,000. Remember that all else being equal adding just 100 extra calories per day can increase your weight by 10 lbs in a year. Somehow I get the feeling we aren’t burning all this extra food off either.

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One Response to “How Much We Eat”

  1. Tim Looney says:

    I love Marion Nestle. We need someone like her in charge of the FDA.

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