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American Sugar Consumption

American Sugar Consumption Infographic

OnlineNursingPrograms.com visually shows the readers that they are eating WAY too much sugar with the American Sugar Consumption infographic. It is an eye opener to see how much more we are consuming than the recommended amount and that it can be harmful for us.  It is even going to be difficult to cut back, because sugar is as addictive as cocaine!

 The consumption of sugar will always be an issue for nutritionists and health buffs everywhere. As long as sugar remains a large part of the American diet, we will continue to hear about all the negative effects sugar can have on the body. As someone who is studying nursing, it’ll be important to understand how the overconsumption of sugar may cause many health problems in the future. Many may ask: Is this concern exaggerated? Absolutely not. Sugar is in everything and it has contributed to the growing obesity epidemic in the United States. Since 1990, sugar intake has increased by 40 lbs a year. Is it a coincidence that the obesity rate has increased by 20 percent? As a nurse, you will see many cases in which a reduction of sugar intake could have gone a long way to ensuring less visits to the hospital. It’ll be important as a nurse to educate your patients on why sugar is bad and why they should limit their consumption of sugar. This infographic will show you just how getting your daily sugar fix may be contributing to many short term and long term health issues.

This is a great infographic design.  It’s eye-catching, and uses data visualizations to put the statistical values into context for the readers.  I like the simple color scheme, the use of piles of sugar (like the wheelbarrow and the dumpster) and the real world objects used to provide scale (soda cans and gallon jugs).

Only a couple things I would suggest to improve the design:

  • The average adult easts 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, but the visualization shows 24
  • The average child eats 32 teaspoons of sugar per day, but 33 spoons are shown in the visualization
  • The URL link to the original infographic landing page should be in the footnotes

Thanks to Emily for sending in the link!

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Reader Comments (11)

Also, the infographic mentions "the caloric equivalent of 10 strips of bacon", but the picture only shows him eating 9!
August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMe
Love the Skittles section, very striking!
August 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterinfogr8
Adding to the corrections, it should be the American Heart Association, not America... I love to see such wonderfully creative infographics, but it's distracting when there are such obvious mistakes. Fix them and let the "sharing" continue, because this is a great message!
August 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertypeo
Wow, this is really nice info-graphics creation. I really like to see more such kind of creative infographics.
September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFininfocom
Very good and informative infographic, thanks for this
September 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertop-medical-schools.net
Love the graphic! However, if the average American consumes 3 pounds of sugar each week, that should be about 12,000 pounds over a lifetime, not 3,500 ---A whole lot of skittles!
September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason
Beautiful graphic but the sources are weak. Also is unclear what is meant by sugar. Granulated sucrose alone or adding in high fructose corn syrup?
June 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentera
It's absolutely awful that we're consuming so much sugar now as compared to 90 years ago. Any way that you look at it, it's unhealthy. Though I must admit that I'm reading this article when drinking a cup of coffee that been sweeten with French Vanilla creamer, plus two teaspoons of extra sugar thrown in for taste.
July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Jackson
Fantastic post
February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMass Effect Costume
You have posted quite informative bloh
February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Glenn
Extremely good info, but it forgot to mention that a cube of sugar only contains 20 calories
April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Collins
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