This link will take you to a bunch of statistics. Each of them can be broken down further when clicked on individually. One can see that the toy industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that the US dominates overall.The reason behind this consumerism is advertising which affects the US much more so than other countries because the US allows direct advertising to children. The US also differs in its allowance of direct medical advertising to the public. This allows pharmaceutical corporations to take advantage of our fears in their ads and in response we pay large amounts of money, often times for medication we dont need.