iPhone App Reveals Tons Of Eye-Popping Facts About What People Eat

massive healthThe Eatery tracks what people eat around the world in real time

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Last week we told you that New Yorkers drink nearly seven times more coffee than other city folks. The finding comes from Massive Health using data collected by an iPhone app called The Eatery.  The app lets users snap a picture of their food, label it (i.e “apple” or “cheeseburger”) and then give it a health rating. Other users then give their own rating of your dish (which is especially important if you’re not the honest type).

The results — gleaned from 7.68 million food ratings of half-a-million foods eaten in over 50 countries — provide a pretty good snapshot of eating patterns around the world.     

Here we present key findings from a group of infographics on when people eat, where people eat, what they eat and who they eat with.  

The world's most popular food is salad, followed by chicken and cheese.

People who live on the coast eat healthier (shown in green) than people who live in the midwest and south.

A heatmap of eating healthiness over 24 hours shows that people eat better in the morning hours...

than at night.

New York City has some of the healthiest eaters. Philadelphia has some of the worst.

New Yorkers eat 2 times more oatmeal than other U.S. cities

People in Copenhagen eat 18.5 times more rye than other countries.

Sao Paulo eats nearly 5 times more kale than other cities.

Vegetarians eat much healthier than people who eat every food.

People consistently give other peoples' meals a less healthy ranking than their own. For example, I would rate your bacon three times less healthy than my own bacon.

Being surrounded by obese people makes us more likely to be obese.

People who eat breakfast make better food choices throughout the day (this may have something to do with preventing low blood sugar levels between meals).

1/10 of people think bacon is healthy; 1/4 of people think orange juice is unhealthy.

Our meals become less healthy as the day progresses. Dinner, for example, is about 16% less healthy than breakfast.

We eat more unhealthy food on the weekend.

And Sunday is the worst eating day of all.

A chicken Caesar salad from McDonald's has about 600 fewer calories than the same dish from the Cheesecake Factory.

We eat the same foods as our friends. So, a woman with friends that eat vegetables will eat healthier than a woman with friends that gorge on fast food.

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