Ever wonder how we went from 1970′s bell bottoms to today’s muffin tops? Click and scroll your mouse over the inforgraphic, “Where Do Americans Get Their Calories?, and the mystery is solved. You’ll see what forty years of portion distortion looks like in about 40 seconds. And trust me, it isn’t pretty. A 23 percent increase in calories consumed makes the U.S. the world’s leading country at packing on pounds, and helps explain why three out of four Americans are expected to be overweight by the year 2020 (according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Fashion forecast: think elastic.
This infographic was designed by Andrea Jezovit, a journalist and editor completing an masters in Electronic Publishing at City University London, and a News21 fellow. It was posted as part of an ongoing partnership between Civil Eats and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism News21 course on food reporting.