Pay Attention to Portions

25 Apr

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No…quite the opposite, actually.

 

So the large is only thirty cents more, huh?  I want you to stop and think for a second.  Do you really need the large?  A contributing factor in the obesity epidemic is the loss of perception when it comes to portion sizing.  Nowadays, we tend to think bigger is better.  And this does not only apply to fast food.  This applies to all foods.  In fact, this extends beyond food and into other aspects of American life.  Bigger cars, bigger TVs, bigger everything.  This kind of mindset has also, predictably, given us bigger bellies.

Now, even though McDonalds may have technically gotten rid of their “super-sized” options, their current large is not much different.  All they really did was change the names of the sizes.  And it’s not only food portion sizes that have been on the rise, it’s also dishware.  Plates are bigger than they ever used to be.  Studies have shown that when people are given larger plates and bowls, they will go ahead and serve themselves larger portions.

What is a consumer to do?  Be conscious of how much food you are eating.  Don’t eat while watching tv, as this has been shown to lead to higher calorie consumption.  Always go with the smaller sizes.  If you are full, there is nothing wrong with taking home some leftovers.  Don’t feel as though you need to eat everything in sight!  Eating slow may also help prevent you from over indulging.  It is up to you to take responsibility for your own health.  You can do it!

Here’s a link to a short quiz to test your portion knowledge:  http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/portion/

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Resource:

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/pdf/portion_size_research.pdf

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