Friday Food Blogging May 15, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Food and Drink.
Tags: consumption patterns in U.S., obesity rates, slow food movement
Related to Ian’s recent posts about the slow-food movement (here and here), Catherine Rampell in the NY Times extrapolated some data from a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Society.
Here I’ve plotted out the relationship between time the average person in a given country spends eating and that country’s obesity rate (as measured by the percentage of the national population with a body mass index higher than 30).
There appears to be a inverse correlation between time spent eating and obesity rates. Is their a causal relationship?
The French spend 135 minutes eating, and their food is incredibly rich, but they consume fewer calories than we do. We consume about 3790 calories, the French 3390, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Association.
If there is a causal relationship, I suspect the difference has to do with the role fast-food plays in the American diet.