Alice Twain
It’s fairly easy.


In the 1950’s this was your weekday dinner. A portion of stewed meat, one of carrots, one of broccoli, and a portion of mashed potatoes. Maybe you would also have a bowl of soup as a starter or a small dessert, often the dessert was a piece of fruit or a fruit salad. Adults would have water, or a small glass of beer or wine, or maybe a cup of coffee with the meal, children would have water or unsweetened milk. You also ate food three times per day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner (children also likely had a midafternoon snack of a piece of fruit or a small sandwich).


When you were thirsty outside meals, your everyday you would reach for the water tap, not for the soda bottle in the fridge. Soda was available, but you would commonly have it on Saturday afternoon, when you were out with your boyfriend, or while mom shopped for groceries once a week. Similarly, ice cream was there, but a small cone was a coveted weekly treat, instead of a tub being a nightly habit.

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People had cars, but the most common solution was a single car per family. The adults had a driving licence, but the car was brought out for family trips or if you had a long journey to make. For the rest, people walked and used bikes if possible, instead of driving everywhere. Even when you drove, you would commonly park somewhere convenient and continue on foot. Besides, far more people had physically demanding jobs instead of sitting behind a computer screen all day.


What suprisingly happens when you eat less and healthier food, and you walk or bike more instead of driving is that you eat less calories, burn more, and you don’t gain weight. Nowadays too many Americans snack through the day, drink soda as a daily habit, and spend the day sitting either in the car or behind a desk. There are more calories in and less calories out, and people get fat.