Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Over 25% of American Boys Eat Pizza on Any Given Day

February 11, 2014

This chart shows the percentage of people, by age, who eat pizza on any given day. Over a quarter of boys age 6-19 eat pizza every day. This culinary love affair winds down beginning at age 20, and declining to 6% over age 60.

–from The USDA and The Atlantic

Americans Not Buying Enough Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables

January 21, 2014

This chart shows the mis-match between what Americans should be spending their food budgets on versus what they are. Refined grains had the largest over-spend, while whole fruits had the least spending compared to recommended amounts.

–from the USDA

Obesity and Income

January 20, 2014

It’s a challenge to sort out the relationship between income and obesity. As women get richer, they are less likely to be obese. This same trend does not hold for men, especially black and Mexican-American men, who get more obese out of poverty than in it. Obesity tends to economically affect women greatly, with weight more than two standard deviations beyond normal resulting in 9% less pay.

–from The Atlantic

Healthcare as a Percent of GDP is Shrinking

January 7, 2014

Health care spending grew by 3.7% in 2012, one percent slower than the economy in general. This comes after years of slowing growth rates.

–from The Washington Post

US Healthcare Most Expensive, Not Most Effective

November 25, 2013

The US has the highest health care costs in the OECD, but has a lower life expectancy. It’s a significant outlier.

–data from OECD

Diets Across the World

October 8, 2013



This wonderful visualization shows eating patterns across the world and there some notable trends–especially the idea that wealthier nations eat significantly less grains/cereals than poorer nations.

–from The Atlantic Cities

American Marriage Inequality on the Rise

October 3, 2013


Contemporary marriage habits are beginning to codify inequality as more wealthy and educated people are getting married, both working, and raising children who then go on to replicate the same behavior. A married couple with two working spouses has a much higher family income compared to one spouse working, or single parents working. Since second-wave feminism took off beginning in the 1960′s, families with men and women working have gained significantly on single-supporter families, and have suppressed wages for other family-work models.

–from The Atlantic¬†

America’s Soda Consumption is a Global Outlier

September 13, 2013

In general, the richer a nation, the more soda|pop it drinks. America’s consumption is extreme: more than twenty liters per person higher than then second-highest country, and more than sixty liters per person higher than Canada.

from Business Insider

Wealth has a Powerful Effect on Health

July 29, 2013

This incredible chart shows the relationship between family income and health (a smaller x value is better). According to the data, the wealthiest 45-54 year old Americans report better health than the poorest teenagers. In other words, income is a better predictor of good health than youth.

-from The Incidental Economist

US Medical Costs Declined for First Time since the 1970′s

June 19, 2013


Medical costs have decreased for the first time in nearly forty years, mostly attributed to changes caused by the Affordable Care Act.

–from The Wall Street Journal


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