SUPER-SIZED FOOD

Been eating too much on your last business trip? I definitely did!

Globally, there are now more than 1 billion overweight adults, and at least 300 million of these obese.

Current obesity levels range from below 5% in China, Japan and certain African nations, to over 75% in urban Samoa. But even in relatively low prevalence countries like China, obesity rates are almost 20% in some cities.

In the USA, one-third of all children born in the current decade will be diabetic.

Why…

The typical hamburger is now four times the size it was in the early 1980s. You can get an order of french fries/chips that is nearly three times as large as an order from 20 years ago. At the movies, you used to get five cups of popcorn, now you can get a tub that holds a whopping 11 cups.

Even our plates are bigger! The typical plate from the 1970s was nine inches across, now they’re on average 13 inches across.

But being on a diet is not always cheap… the average person spends USD$55 a week on food, but these diets cost a lot more than that:

Jenny Craig $138 per week; Nutrisystem – $113 pw; Atkins $100 pw; Weight Watchers $96 pw; Zone $92 per week

The answer… burn more calories than you consume!

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Wine Again!


I know this is the second wine post for the week (maybe I have a problem!!), but as it’s Thirsty Thursday I thought it was only right to give you some vino facts so you can share them at the bar over work drinks tonight. You will look like an educated wine expert in front of your boss and colleagues in no time.

A bottle of opened wine stored in the refrigerator lasts 6 to 16 times longer than it would if stored at room temperature

The vintage year isn’t necessarily the year the wine was bottled. In the northern hemisphere, white wines may not be bottled the same year the grapes are picked.

Australia developed wine in a box in the ‘70s (aka “the cask”)

The purpose of the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is to strengthen the structure of the bottle

The average number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine is 600

Among the world’s fruit crops, wine grapes rank number one in the amount of acres planted

The average cost of the grapes used to produce a $20 bottle of wine is $2.64

It costs around $1 per bottle to age wine in a French oak barrel. And $3 per bottle to age wine in only new French oak barrels

Move over, Mickey Mouse…. The Napa valley has replaced Disneyland as California’s number one tourist destination, with 5.5 million visitors per year. There are 4,929 wineries in the US. California has 46% of those wineries.

And just in case someone isn’t drinking tonight, Methyphobia is fear of alcohol (although I am yet to meet anyone who has suffered from this!)