Bigger Portions, Bigger People

Food has gone through a technological revolution in the US in the last 50 years.  Food is available in more variety, in more forms and in more combinations than ever before.  Portions haven’t just got bigger in restaurants, there are also bigger bags of chips, bottles of sugary and energy drinks, and the list goes on…

When eating or snacking in front of the TV, encourage people to put a reasonable amount of food into a bowl or container, and leave the rest of the package in the kitchen. It’s easy to overeat when a person’s attention is focused on something else. Place especially tempting foods, like cookies, chips, or ice cream, out of immediate eyesight, like on a high shelf or at the back of the freezer. Move the healthier options to the front at eye level.

Americans are surrounded by larger portion sizes at relatively low prices, appealing to the consumer’s economic sensibilities. However, the cost to America’s health may be higher than most people realize. Do people look at food that is offered and automatically assess how much is a normal serving size, and then actually eat only the normal serving size? Do they adjust what they eat after consuming large portion sizes?


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