Unhealthy foods have become a part of modern culture; however, along with the poor quality food choices people often gravitate to, the portions have also progressively jumped in size. A massive increase.
The intro to the CDC's infographic
opens with, "Portion sizes have been growing. So have we. The average restaurant meal today is more than four times larger than in the 1950s."
To put things in perspective, the CDC highlighted how the average soda is now 42 ounces, compared with a 1950s pop that was only 7 ounces in size. Burgers have grown from 3.9 ounces to 12 ounces, and french fries jumped from 2.4 ounces to 6.7 ounces per serving.
The agency notes that American adults have also grown to become, on average, 26 pounds heavier than they were 60 years ago. A Yahoo! Shine
article adds that one-third of adults are now overweight and/or obese and "that number is projected to hit nearly 50% by 2030."
CDC recommended meal sharing and saving half of a restaurant meal for the following day rather than consuming it all at once. The agency also recommends restaurant managers start serving up smaller portions.
In another recent article, The Record
reported on how societal changes have impacted weight. In addition to larger portions, lifestyle should also be taken into consideration. "In becoming sedentary and obese, we are only doing what comes naturally. But in today’s environment, the adaptations that allowed us to survive now work against us," The Record said.
The article highlights a recently released film from The Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and HBO entitled, "Weight of the Nation
," which highlights the effects of obesity.
The CDC's infographic also comes at a time when another recent study
indicated nearly 1-in-4 teens are diabetic or pre-diabetic, and connected to diet and (lack of) exercise.