Look How Quickly the U.S. Got Fat (1985-2010 Animated Map)
25 brief, delicious years
James Hamblin Apr 11 2013, 9:28 AM ET


This shows the percentages of the U.S. population medically defined as obese, which means a body mass index of 30 or greater. BMI isn’t an ideal metric to evaluate obesity, but it’s still what the U.S. standardly uses.

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One Comment to “The culture of TV has very quickly turned America into the Land of the Fat”

  • This is the world of Ron Headrest. I have seen kids respond to old Ronnie’s magic in “documentaries” of the 1980’s that are only about the world of pop culture. They love Big Gipper.

    TV’s talking heads talk about fictional characters as if they are more real than reality, and I remember a quote of the character Max Headroom, “He thinks reality is television.”

    Oh, yes, both my sons, born in the 1980’s, are morbidly obese.

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