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Table 1 Counts (Percentages) of New York Times Articles Mentioning the Most Common Snacks

From: Fifty years of fat: news coverage of trends that predate obesity prevalence

  1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Percent change 1960 to 2010
Sweet snacks
Cookies 84 (.06) 113 (.11) 167 (.21) 208 (.22) 356 (.38) 481 (.42) +473 % (+630 %)
Chocolate 179 (.12) 185 (.18) 548 (.67) 530 (.55) 905 (.97) 1,183 (1.04) +561 % (+743 %)
Candy 395 (.27) 519 (.50) 612 (.75) 413 (.43) 646 (.70) 916 (.80) +132 % (+196 %)
Ice cream 232 (.16) 185 (.18) 394 (.48) 426 (.44) 653 (.70) 746 (.65) +222 % (+310 %)
Cake 340 (.23) 342 (.33) 665 (.82) 514 (.53) 751 (.81) 880 (.77) +159 % (+230 %
Salty snacks
Potato chips 17 (.01) 17 (.02) 45 (.06) 78 (.08) 68 (.07) 83 (.07) +388 % (+523 %)
Tortilla chips 0 (.00) 0 (.00) 4 (.00) 14 (.01) 21 (.02) 34 (.03) N/A
Crackers 41 (.03) 34 (.03) 104 (.13) 66 (.07) 128 (.14) 118 (.10) +188 % (+267 %)
Popcorn 36 (.02) 51 (.05) 87 (.11) 104 (.11) 160 (.17) 254 (.22) +606 % (+800 %)
Pretzels 10 (.01) 11 (.01) 17 (.02) 10 (.01) 29 (.03) 55 (.05) +450 % (+602 %)
Total # of articles 145,547 102,884 81,303 96,190 92,909 114,110  
  1. Note: Numbers in parentheses are percentages of the total articles that contain the individual terms