Facts About American Eating Habits That Will Shock You

In America, we tend to do everything in excess, and that even includes eating. These are a few of the craziest truths about our eating habits. You will definitely lose your appetite after reading some of these!

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15. BY WEIGHT

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The average American consumes nearly 2,000 pounds of food every year.

14. PROCESSED MEALS

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In the US, we consume nearly 1/3 more packaged and processed foods than we do fresh ones.

13. DRIVE-THRU JUNKIES

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One in five meals are eaten within the confines of our vehicles, so you could say we’re fast food experts.

12. WASTE

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About 1/3 of all the food produced for consumption goes to waste. That’s 1.3 billion tonnes! Feeling guilty about not clearing your plate yet?

11. DOWNWARD SPIRAL

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As the day goes on, we’re likely to eat less and less healthy foods. This means our intentions at the start of the day are good, but we go for worse foods as the day progresses.

10. FAST FOOD EVERYWHERE

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We have about 50,000 fast food chain restaurants in the states, so there are plenty of options to choose from!

9. EATING ANIMALS

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The average American eats 110 pounds of red meat per year.

8. FRENCH FRY ADDICTS

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Americans consume the majority of our veggies by eating french fries, even though they’re not exactly the healthiest option.

7. OBESITY

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In the U.S. 60% of citizens are either obese or overweight. Maybe it’s time to cut back on the soda and grease.

6. DAIRY CONSUMPTION

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We consume most of our dairy in the form of cheese, more even than we get from drinking milk or eating ice cream.

5. GREASY AND DELICIOUS

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From the 1950’s to now, our usage of added fats and oils has gone up by two thirds.

4. USDA RECOMMENDATIONS

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Americans eat more meat, eggs and grains than recommended by the USDA, and not enough dairy, vegetables and fruits.

3. ORANGES ARE POPULAR

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Because of how much orange juice we drink, oranges are the most consumed fruit.

2. EATING DISORDERS

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As many as 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from some eating disorder, including binge eating, anorexia and bulimia.

1. WELFARE

The food stamps program in America helps nearly 50 million people annually to get access to the foods they need.