Portion Control: A Growing Problem
Are you one of those people that are in constant battle with your waistline? Chances are, yes. Do you ever wonder why it seems so difficult? A new infographic from the Center for Disease Control can help shed some light on the growing problem (no pun intended).
Fast food portions have gotten out of control; it’s also safe to assume the portions we eat at home also go unchecked. A hamburger in the 1950s was a mere 3.9 ounces, but today it’s a shocking 12 ounces (almost 4 times the size!). A serving of french fries 60 years ago was 2.4 ounces, now the portion has more than doubled weighing in at 6.7 ounces. Perhaps the most shocking portion change has been the addition of free refills on fountain drinks. In the 1950s your soda would have been 7 ounces, today it’s estimated that you drink 42 ounces with your oversized burger and fries.
The fast food industry feeds 25% of the American population every day. All we need to do is look in the mirror to see what this does to our waistline – ever wonder what it does to your arteries?
Written by Molly Unkelbach