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Confirmed: The Munchies Come Out at Night

In terms of eating healthy, do your days often start with the best of intentions, but descend with the sun? Maybe you begin with oatmeal and a banana, but end with a plate of nachos that are washed down with a couple cold beers?

Well you're not alone. You're still fat. But you're not fat alone.

A group called Massive Health, Inc. released an iPhone app in 2011 called The Eatery that enables users to document their daily meals. Essentially the concept is to snap a photo of your food and rate it on a fit-to-fat scale. At the end of the week, The Eatery compiles a insightful summary of what your culinary week looked like.

Now Massive Health has taken "7.68 million food ratings of half a million foods by Eatery users from over 50 countries over a span of 5 months" and compiled the information into one giant report demonstrated through some pretty cool graphics.

The main feature allows you to scan over a map of the world to see how our eating patterns change through a 24-hour cycle. With a simple health-rating system where green is good, yellow is medium and red represents late-night binges, it's clear many of us wake-up with the aforementioned best of intentions, but blow those sometime between the sun setting and rising again. It's actually pretty cool how the colors transcend. (Keep eating crap, people. It's good for graphics.)

Fair warning: It's a little addicting.

By the numbers, Massive Health reports that the "Healthiness of the food we eat decreases by 1.7 percent for every hour that passes in the day."

Massive Health breaks out their information into When, Where, What and Who, the latter suggesting that our friends and family have a big impact on our overall healthiness (or lack thereof).

With MLA-style bibliography and suggesting that best method for guessing "the number of jellybeans in a jar is to average the guesses of everyone in the room" cited in their methodology, their word is as good as any.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.