Whenever I talk to my sons, I find myself comparing “how it was when I was a boy” with how it is now for them. I usually get looks of total disbelief from them and to tell you the truth, I’m beginning to think that it couldn’t have been as I remember it …it’s just too different. Well, that compelled me to do a little research on the subject. I thought you’d enjoy some of these fun facts, comparing now with the past: (I didn't even have to go back to when I was a boy with some of this, in order to really open your eyes)
· In the 1970s, around 47% of Americans were overweight or obese; now 66% of us are. (http://www.divinecaroline.com/79975/49492-portion-size--vs--now)
· In addition, the number of just obese people has doubled, from 15% of our population to 30%. (http://www.divinecaroline.com/79975/49492-portion-size--vs--now)
· Check out these portion differences: (These portion comparisons, adapted from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI)) ***No wonder we have such a hard time losing weight!***
SERVING 20 YEARS AGO TODAY
2 slices of pizza 500 calories 850 calories
Those extra 350 calories, if eaten twice a month, would put on 2 extra pounds per year, or 40 pounds in the next two decades.
1 cup of coffee with milk & sugar 45 calories (8 ounce avg.) 330 calories (16 ounce avg.)
When our parents ordered a coffee two decades ago, they weren’t given as many size options—a standard cup of joe was eight ounces, the size of a small coffee cup. Nowadays, most of us feel like we don’t get our money’s worth unless the cup is at least twelve ounces; it’s not unusual to see thirty-two ounce coffee cups, four times the size they used to be. When made into mocha, the morning coffee has as many calories as a full meal.
1 bagel 140 calories (3” diameter) 350 calories (5”-6” diameter)
Because portions are now so large, it’s hard to understand what a “serving size” is supposed to be. Today’s bagel counts for three servings of bread, but many of us would consider it one serving. Larger sizes at restaurants have also contributed to larger sizes when eating at home. A study comparing eating habits today with twenty years ago found that participants poured themselves about 20 percent more cornflakes and 30 percent more milk than twenty years ago
1 cheeseburger 333 calories 590 calories
According to a 2007 paper published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, portion sizes offered by fast food chains are two to five times larger than when first introduced. When McDonald’s first started in 1955, its only hamburger weighed around 1.6 ounces; now, the largest hamburger patty weighs 8 ounces, an increase of 500 percent. And while a Big Mac used to be considered big, it’s on the smaller side of many burger options. At Burger King, you can get the Triple Whopper; at Ruby Tuesday’s there’s the Colossal Burger; and Carl’s Junior has the Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger.
· Technology 10 years ago vs. now
o You can now buy a 1tb (1 terabyte) = 1,000 gigabyte = 1,000,000 megabyte external hard-drive for $170.
o 10 years ago, the same amount of money would have only gotten you a 250megabyte zip drive. So, $170 got you 250MB 10 years ago and now gets you 1 million MB! (http://katak.kapoosh.net/rollercoaster/comparing-technology-10-years-ago-and-now)
· Mortgage Rates (Average 30-year fixed rates)
o 1971 = 7.3%
o 1974 = 10.0%
o 1981 = 18.45% (Record set in October 1981)
o 1988 = 10.0 to 10.7%
o 1990 = 10.48% (in May)
o 1998 = 6.94%
o 2000 = 8.71% (in January)
o 2003 = 5.83%
o 2004 = 5.84%
o 2005 = 5.87%
o 2007 = 6.34%
o 2008 = 6.43% (July)
o Today = 4.4%
Nintendo to XBox 360; pay phones to iPhones; paperbacks to eReaders; Going to the park to hang with your friends to going online to Facebook with your friends ...it seems that the only thing that hasn't changed is death and taxes!
From cheeseburgers to mortgage rates, things have certainly changed a lot in a relatively short time and I left out things like movies, TV, books, games, school, sports, etc. <whew>
How about you, do you ever think about how it was or where you were in 1990 (can you believe 1990 was 20 years ago??) Peace, g
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