Portion (Out Of) Control

CDC The New (Ab)normal

Over the past few decades, portion sizes have grown considerably. With restaurants offering enormous plates of food, "King Size" snacks, and ridiculously large sodas in the size of "Big Gulps", it can be difficult to know how much to eat. As portions begin to grow, bigger can seem like the norm.  Some meals appearing “average” in size can add up to a whole day’s worth of calories. A large order of french fries can contain as many as 1,000 calories. Add a hamburger and an extra-large soda, and you’re getting more than 2,000 calories in one sitting. And this isn’t unusual. A study published in 2012 found that 96 percent of restaurant meals exceed USDA recommendations for fat, salt and overall calories. 1

1 2Wu HW, Sturm R. Public Health Nutrition 2013;16(1)87-96.

Use the guide below to make portion control easier!

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