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    Some portion sizes are 2 to 7 times larger than the USDA standard

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    Tuesday, September 07, 2010 9:02 am Email this article
    "With the single exception of sliced white bread, all of the commonly available food portions we measured exceeded--sometimes greatly-- USDA and FDA standard portions," a recent study found.

    Note: Large portions contribute to overeating and obesity. Bagels

    Bagels twice as large

    For example, the bagels were nearly twice as big as the standard portion size.



    Steaks 2.2 larger

    Steaks were 2.2 times larger than the standard portion size.



    Muffins 3.3 larger

    Muffins were 3.3 times larger than the standard portion size.



    Cooked pasta 4.8 times larger

    Cooked pasta was 4.8 times larger than the standard portion size.



    Cookies 7 times larger

    And cookies were 7 times larger than larger than the standard portion size.


    Foods Introduced at One Size

    Food in just one size when introduced

    “When foods such as beer and chocolate bars were introduced, they generally appeared in just one size, which was smaller than or equal to the smallest size currently available,” the researchers noted.


    Hamburgers, Fries and Soda

    Hamburgers, Fries and Soda 2-5 times larger than original

    “This observation also holds for french fries, hamburgers, and soda, for which current sizes are 2 to 5 times larger than the original.”



    Comment: The most important contributor to obesity epidemic

    I believe that the increase in portion sizes is probably the biggest contributor to the obesity epidemic that has occurred over the past couple of decades.

    A study I reviewed last week found that increasing portions by 50 percent increased intake by an average of 423 calories per day in both normal weight and overweight people.


    Young L, Nestle M. The contribution of expanding portion sizes to the us obesity epidemic. Am J Public Health. 2002 Feb, 92(2):246-49.


    Lisa Young
    Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
    New York University, New York City, 10012-1172, USA
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