Portions have grown considerably over time. We have not added more movement to our lifestyles to accommodate this, in fact with technology, we move less.
Jobs are typically less labor intensive, we sit at the computer, there is video gaming instead of outdoor recreation or sports, our phones now give us the capability of doing most everything including ordering carryout food, all without getting up.
The socioeconomic downfall also tells us that to make a better food decision for our money, we are led to believe that super sizing is a no-brainer. Unfortunately with processed foods, society is paying a huge price in our health, insurance costs, and the entitlement that some feel they deserve more.
We have carried the portion sizes to our home eating as well. It is very easy to become programmed into replicating restaurant sized portions to our home servings. Too much of a good thing is bad, even if we are led to believe it is healthier. Check your portion sizes and look at packages to see what a serving size is.
In fitness, Bob
One picture is worth a thousand words, department. A look at how portion sizes have ballooned since the ’50s gives us a clue why 60 percent of us are overweight and 30 percent obese. Don’t let fast food portion sizes torpedo your weight control efforts. Eat less; move more.
The graph and proportions are dramatic. Make sure you notice how the figures on the bottom have also expanded.
In my weight control experience, portion control and serving size are key concepts.