This Is America's Sugar Addiction - An Infographic

Tyler Durden's picture

Want to solve the unresolvable issue of America's $100 trillion in unfunded welfare liabilities? Start with this: America's sugar addiction, because in 1822 America, the average person consumed 45 grams of refined sugar, or the amount found in one 12-ounce soda can, every 5 days; fast forward to 2012 and in the same period the average American now consumer a whopping 765 grams of sugar - the equivalent of 17 (non-diet) soda cans; also the equivalent of 130 pounds of refined sugar every year! More than anything, this country's fascination with the sugar high (as well as all other various forms of cheap fast food gratification) coupled with an increasingly sedentary "behind a computer" lifestyle is the leading contributor to obesity, chronic healthcare conditions, and numerous other known and unknown sources of emergency healthcare funds. As always: if one wants change, that change always has to start in the mirror.

Nursing Your Sweet Tooth
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LawsofPhysics's picture

Nothing about fermented sugar?  Nothing about consumption of the products of distillation of fermented sugar.  For a site that often provides "unadjusted" details, this is disappointing.  ZH must be slipping.

Doña K's picture

Food companies put sugar on everything including bread. You toast the bread and you can smell sugar burning. You can hardly find bread without sugar. I am not talking small amounts which is necessary for the baking of the bread.

They want their product to taste sweet. When you complain the answer is: "People like it."

So, in essense, you eat sugars and you don't know it.

nope-1004's picture

Go to your local park.  Or county fair.  Even Disneyland..... nothing but beached whales and walruses walking around.  Fat?  That's an understatement.  Friggin behemoths, more like.

Being 300 lbs is like carrying another adult on your back, ALL DAY AND NIGHT.  I always look at a fat persons ankles, feet, and legs.  There is the real story.  Under-engineered to handle the load, plain and simple.  Two legs weren't designed to carry two adults!

Total disgrace.  The volume of food offered in places like Vegas is downright sinful.  The excesses of this 'great nation' and being worn in the waistline - CONSUME, it's your American right.  And when you haven't had enough, bitch about it to some waiter.  Needy, demanding first class asses.


Oracle of Kypseli's picture

That's why obummercare is destined to brake the budget.

We: "We would just share the appetizer sampler."

Waiter: "And for your main meal?"

We are forced to lie: So instead of saying: "There are enough calories on the sampler for three construction workers." We say: "We already had dinner but needed a bit more."

economics9698's picture

The fat fucks will die out when the food is not delivered to the cities and they are too fat to fight.  I think the slang is "sitting ducks" or some shit like that.

Precious's picture

This illustrates the AVERAGE.  Some Americans eat much less.

Extra dumpster for others.  

The Japanese debt is much lower than USA.

AldousHuxley's picture

your tongue can detect only 4 tastes:

  • salty
  • sour
  • sweet
  • bitter

everything else you are "tasting" is what you see, smell, or feel


Thus US food manufacturers target cheap tastes with salt and sugar.

Thomas's picture

Three weeks ago I went on a nearly carb free diet, inspired by an Econtalk seminar by a nutritional journalist. First, it's hard to do because they put carbs in EVERYTHING. Second, without counting ANY calories and paying no attention to anything but the carbs, I dropped 16-20 lbs in three weeks. I really do think the carbs are killin' us.

Dr Benway's picture

Sugar as addictive as cocaine? Bob Saget would disagree.

SymforniX's picture

I've been low-carb for the last 5 months. Went from 307lbs in March to 235lbs today.  I'm making this a permanent lifestyle change.  Once I reach my goal weight, I'll go up to 40-50 carbs/day, but only from vegetables. Referencing the link below, #9 addresses your concern (as carbs=sugar), and is also appropriate in the context of the article.

Basically, if it doesn't grow via a natural process, I don't eat it.

Good luck on your journey.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Your tongue, sure, but you also have detectors for protein and/or glutamate that are pretty damned close by, and wired in hard.

malikai's picture

Theoretically all that fat should keep them alive longer during the big hunger.

francis_sawyer's picture

Tyler should be happy... More raw materials for his soap making enteprise...

Atlas_shrugging's picture

Sugar yes. But take a look also at the worldwide wheat crop. Research shown in Dr. Davis' "Wheat Belly" is eye-opening. Ever wonder why those low carb diets aren't working as you're wolfing down veggies wrapped in whole wheat? Have a look

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Thx ZH.  I just called my wife 'sugar butt' & she slapped the living hell outta me.

nmewn's picture

Maybe, how about some "sweet & blow" next time?

I know, I know, I'm an incurable romantic ;-)

Idiot Savant's picture

While the changes made to grains may very well be bad for us, I don't think it's fair to compare wheat to sugar. According to a study referenced in the below video (first sixty seconds), when two groups of rats were fed equal amounts of starch (carbs) vs. fructose, only the fructose fed rats developed metabolic syndrome.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Well, humans are ALSO getting plenty of fructose, on top of regular the glucose detonations from each ingestion of wheat products.

ziggy59's picture

The sugar effects have been known for decades...
Sugar Blues...great book..

worse? Fake sugars... relation to HFTs...horrible stuff.. Nutrasweet from Rumsfeld? Poison...

Overflow-admin's picture

Poison... and our children like it!

absente reo's picture

"Two legs weren't designed to carry two adults!"

LOL, priceless!

monoloco's picture

It's even worse here in Mexico, now they sell 3 liter bottles of Coka Cola, and people drink it like water, obesity and diabetes are epidemic, even in children.

Ponzi_Scheme's picture

You're not kidding. In El Paso/Juarez area I see lots of no neck beach balls on legs.. Even the cops... There are also the thinner more hungry types too...

Come here to Detroit. I'll show you 300-400 pound monsters all day long...

FreedomGuy's picture

Yes, if you look, many of them drive Rascals, have handicapped stickers and are on "disability". They willl have mulitple knee replacements, back surgery, diabetes treatments and heart disease eventually. Due to the collectivized society it is now YOUR problem and expense. As Obamacare morphs into nationalized medicine expect lots of rules, procedures, fines and penalties for everything you eat.

The other path is to NOT collectivize and let people suffer the consequences of their actions. Let others watch and learn.


scythian empire's picture

ha, i used to admister an upper arm test.  good indicator.  

we've been coddeled.  but people won't change their lifestyles on their own.  SO i think there shoudl be rules helping people be healthier.

Peter Pan's picture

Nope 1004 you are spot on. As far as I am concerned they should limit the amount of medical care you can receive from the public purse if your BMI index is more than a certain percentage higher than the ideal. I can allow for some deviation from the ideal but what I see is enough to pray for extinction of the human race.

schatzi's picture

who the fuck cares? you've got free health care! right?

economics9698's picture

Sugar is inelastic, -0.04 or a 10% increase in price results in a 0.4% loss in sales.  The demand for the drug is higher than alcohol and cigs which are around 0.25.

This means sugar is a potential huge revenue stream for politicians if they can get the public to support taxing sugar along with alcohol and tobacco.

So when you see the sugar propaganda on TV its all a con game to get the American public to buy into taxes on the product.


ammo42's picture

Additional sugar in bread ? WTF ? Never saw such a lack of taste either in France, Switzerland or Austria.

Are US fat asses too lazy to add the sugar themselves ?

Peter Pan's picture

I do not know who downticked you but certainly in terms of the number of obese people you are correct. Australia not far behind if not in front.

Fattest nation, fattest debt, fattest military. Great combination for the future.

Cosimo de Medici's picture

Sorry, but the US is slipping behind....behind the behinds of Australia in terms of the world's fattest per capita, and behind the UK in terms of private debt per capita.  Clearly, not enough Americans are packing the right amount of Cinnabuns on their Visa cards.

Come on Americans!  Like all the commercials say, "Come on, you deserve it."

LouisDega's picture

I like pancakes.... And waffles too.

Muddy1's picture

I like 'em too, and the fresh apple pie that just started baking in the oven, and cookies, and ice cream with that pie, etc. and etc.

Note to Michelle O.  write a friggin' Executive Order that forbids the welfare bums from using food stamps to purchase sugar, sugary soft drinks, an sugary foods, and have your PW'd husband sign it after he wipes the fried Twinkie crumbs off his face.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Off Topic Tuesday Afternoon Humor:


(Can't make this shit up):


08-14 17:44: FT writes: Greece seeks two-year austerity extension




Greece seeks two-year austerity extension
Financial Times‎ - 2 hours ago Greece is seeking a two-year extension of its latest austerity programme aimed at improving the country's debt sustainability and prospects for a ...
FeralSerf's picture

Lots of people like heroin as well.  That's the precedent.  Outlaw it and then make a fortune selling it to the addicts.  Tobacco too.  There's already the bureaucracy in place -- the fat, addicted DEA cops.

Wheat is just as bad for you as sugar and does the same thing to your insulin levels.   Read "Wheat Belly" by William Davis, MD.

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

That's why they changed the language of the law to "Substance abuse." from "drug abuse." eventualy you wil be paying fines for over consumption of certain foods.

donsluck's picture

Sorry, had to trash you for such a, um, mis-guided concept. It is not rational to compare a FOOD which has nutritional value with a CONDOMINT which has none.

Dirt Rat's picture

To nitpick, one sweetener, molasses, does have nutritional value. Ounce for ounce it has a greater concentration of potassium that any other food.

But he's right, wheat isn't particularly good for you. Its amino acid profile isn't optimal, but it was the easiest and cheapest grain to hybridize and grow.

gruden's picture

Have you looked into this at all to understand what he's talking about?


Sugar can - in its raw form - offer some nutritive value, as does unrefined wheat.  Like the sugar we eat, wheat is highly refined.  All the good stuff is tossed, and is as deplete of nutrients when we get it as refined sugar.  Often even what is billed as 'whole wheat' is highly refined and lacking nutrients as well.   It is fair to compare wheat with sugar.


Gluten intollerance is growing.  There's a reason for that.  We're making very poor eating choices.

BTW, if you're going to capitalize a word to make a point, be sure to SPELL it properly.

Solon the Destroyer's picture

I'm surprised that Breakfast Cereal doesn't make the breakdown chart.

When you start your kid's day off with Count Chocula, Froot Loops or Lucky Charms (et alii), god forbid that schools have to tranquilize the poor kidlets with State-prescribed sedatives and attention enhancers later the same morning.

Taint Boil's picture



Sorry, I couldn’t resist … from a previous post – I give you:


Wal-Mart Jabba-The-Huts

WillyGroper's picture

That is so sad. I've seen many blobs like that that have their legs blackened from lack of circulation. More than likely, soon to be stubs. 

Long AMLN & NVO. They'll never stop eating it.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Both of which are glucose bombs.   It's the amylopectin A in the wheat.


Sweet </sarc> Bitchez!!

goldencross10's picture

We gotta tax it!!