Bacon mania refers to passionate bacon enthusiasm in the United States Canada, and the United Kingdom. Especially fervent in the United States, the enthusiasm has been described as forming a Bacon Nation. Novel bacon dishes and other bacon related items have been popularized rapidly via the internet, and bacon loving partisans have identified themselves as bacon fanatics or "bacon freaks." The movement has been traced to the 1980s and 1990s when high- protein foods became a more prominent diet focus due in part to the Atkins diet. Since then, bacon focused events and gatherings celebrating the food have been reported and bacon related exploits have been featured in media accounts.