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Table 2 Counts (Percentages) of London 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
Biscuits 198 (.25) 163 (.19) 113 (.15) 187 (.22) 305 (.33) 736 (.72) +272 % (+188 %)
Chocolate 192 (.24) 205 (.24) 161 (.22) 365 (.44) 1,035 (1.11) 2,343 (2.29) +1,120 % (+845 %)
Sweets 77 (.10) 76 (.09) 48 (.06) 144 (.17) 284 (.31) 466 (.45) +505 % (+369 %)
Ice cream 98 (.12) 78 (.09) 81 (.11) 196 (.23) 508 (.55) 946 (.92) +865 % (+647 %)
Cake 502 (.63) 342 (.40) 208 (.28) 330 (.39) 727 (.78) 1,583 (1.54) +215 % (+144 %)
Salty snacks
Potato crisps 79 (.10) 28 (.03) 11 (.01) 50 (.06) 189 (.20) 413 (.40) +423 % (+305 %)
Crackers 28 (.04) 21 (.02) 23 (.03) 59 (.07) 115 (.12) 171 (.17) +511 % (+373 %)
Tortilla crisps 0 (.00) 0 (.00) 0 (.00) 0 (.00) 0 (.00) 0 (.00) N/Aa
Popcorn 1 (.00) 1 (.00) 9 (.01) 27 (.03) 83 (.09) 272 (.27) N/A
Pretzels 0 (.00) 0 (.00) 1 (.00) 0 (.00) 8 (.01) 22 (.02) N/A
Total # of articles 79,369 86,264 74,121 83,691 92,909 102,523  
  1. a Results are similar for all years’ search of “tortilla chips” in the ‘London Times
  2. Note: Numbers in parentheses are percentages of the total articles that contain the individual terms