The map below, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depicts obesity rates in the United States between 1985 and 2010. As the Atlantic points out, visualizing this 20 year period helps put into the context the reason why obesity is referred to as an “epidemic” in this country—the rate at which we’re becoming fat (in the scientific sense of the word) is nothing short of startling.


[via Diner’s Journal]