Infographic: The Skinny on Portion Sizes

  • Volunteers were given macaroni and cheese in either 2.5-cup container or 5-cup container.
  • In 2010, 69% of Americans were overweight or obese.
  • At a restaurant, box up half your meal before picking up a fork.
  • Use small dishwasher at home.
  • Avoid serving food family style at the dinner table.
  • In 1971, 15% of Americans were obese.
  • In 2010, 36% of Americans were obese.
  • Americans are gaining weight.
  • Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to portion sizes.
  • Standard portion sizes have increased significantly over the years, making it difficult for some to keep calorie intake under control.
  • With Larger portions becoming the norm, what can you do to prevent weight gain?
  • On average, volunteers ate 30% more when given a 5-cup container, but reported no increase in fullness.

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