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69FunnyNumberGuy420 t1_j8tgmtx wrote

> but places where families sit down just to go and feed and to be served are already dead and just don't know it yet.


This sort of restaurant is an invention of the Boomers' lifetimes and were massively overbuilt in the 1980s and 1990s to paper over a fading real economy.
We weren't making steel or widgets anymore, so we got a bunch of Chilis and PF Changs to bump the numbers and make it look like the economy was still expanding.
It definitely wasn't going to last forever. The average American eats 3600-3800 calories a day now. If we were to snap our fingers somehow and set everyone at a healthy weight, and ensure they only ate a the USDA allotted number of calories per day, it would completely destroy the economy.


enraged_hbo_max_user t1_j8u2g2u wrote

“The average American eats 3600-3800 calories a day now.”

I used to wonder how this was possible given if I go over 2500 I feel like I’m going to explode.

Then I visited Lawrence, Kansas.