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Bigger Food Servings, Bigger Americans

May 31st, 2012

Bigger food servingsThe Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) has released new information that food portion sizes are four times larger than they were in the 50’s. The size of a hamburger has tripled from 3.9 ounces, now it’s 12 ounces. French fries are almost double from 2.4 ounces to almost 7 ounces. The worst is soft drinks, from 7 ounces to 40 ounces. Restaurant meals are also four times larger than they were four years ago. Even chocolate bars are 1,233 percent larger compared to those in the early 1900s. Appetizers are even worse culprits with an average of 813 calories per serving compared to 674 calories for a main meal. This is according to a Rand Corp. study.

Based on CDC’s new infographic, we can see why America is 26 pounds heavier with a bigger waistline now than in the 1950’s.

The problem with humans is that no matter how big or small the serving is, we consume what is in front of us. This leads to some serious health problems like obesity and diabetes. An earlier study predicts that
by 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese. Type 2 diabetes is also a growing problem among adolescents
aged 12 to 19.

Obesity-related health conditions include heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer.

A study about chain restaurants made in 2009 showed that 96% of the food has more calories, sodium,
and fat than U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recommended amount. No wonder the study
suggests that it just takes one fast food meal in a week to cause extra weight or obesity.

Ideally, people should eat more home-cooked meals. But if it’s not doable for your schedule, just
remember that you don’t have to finish the entire serving. Or see if you could order a smaller meal. You
could also share the meal with a friend.

For more information contact your health care provider or health insurance carrier.


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