We’ve all seen those heart-stopping episodes of the Maury Show where a morbidly obese guest stacks their table with a week’s worth of Doritos, frozen pizzas, and hamburgers (or maybe some of you opt for Jamie Oliver’s slightly more dignified, modern take on the theme). It’s like a train wreck: Horrifying, but you can’t stop watching. We can’t stop watching Maury or looking at the horrendously unhealthy food on sites like This is Why You’re Fat, but we don’t believe they’re an accurate reflection of the way America eats, either.
This is why we’re into the infographic above, put together by the site Visual Economics. The graphic representation of what Americans eat over the course of a year shows a more balanced picture. We eat astonishing amounts of dairy and meat, and just reading the sheer number of pounds of french fries we consume (29) is enough to give us an aneurysm, but this chart also shows a more promising balance of fruits and vegetables in our diets.
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