Our eating habits have changed over the past few decades, and not for the better. Thirty years ago, kids ate just one snack a day. Now it’s trending toward three daily snacks which result in an additional 200 calories a day. Startlingly, one in five school-aged children has up to six snacks a day.
Portion sizes have also exploded. They are now two to five times bigger than they were in years past. In the mid-1970’s the average sugar-sweetened beverage was 13.6 ounces. Today, kids think nothing of drinking 20 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages at a time.
Overall, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago, including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.
-Source: Let’s Move campaign