Americans Grow To Fit Their Environment
What started as a humorous observation got me thinking about the veracity of the statement. I thought "people are getting bigger" and "houses are getting bigger", how do they relate? In this environment of Googleified immediate access to random data, I had the opportunity to go figure that out, in my own non-scientific way. Very quickly I was able to locate the data that I required to figure out whether Americans did have the tendency to grow to fit their environment. I am not picking specifically on Americans, its just that housing is typically constrained in many other places around the world. If one were motivated, they could put a finer point on this amusement by looking at regional trends in both datasets.
I'll leave the conclusions up to you. Keep in mind that this is pure amusement and not terribly scientific in any way.
The housing data can be found at: www.census.gov
The obesity data can be found at: apps.nccd.cdc.gov