I found this great infographic at the Massive Health blog and thought I’d share it. When I did diabetes-prevention research last summer, I read a ton of articles on how portion size increases have affected the obesity crisis, and I remember noting a noticeable change in portion sizes when crossing the Canadian-American border. At the same time, I doubt that this is solely an American problem – we see more rich food and larger portions in Europe as well, and I for one am guilty too of mindless eating in front of the computer or a TV show. Relearning our hunger cues is definitely a good step forward for all of us, I think.
The only thing I don’t like about this infographic is that they feature a baked potato as a vegetable serving – I guess this would be the one “vegetable” that you would have to actually be mindful of your portions of, but still it reminds me that the USDA approves of french fries, ketchup etc. as “vegetable” servings in school lunches 🙁 I think that if you wanted to get people to eat healthier, showing that a serving size of veggies is actually surprisingly big would be a better motivation to get your five-a-day in. As for me, I’m off to making a huge salad for dinner – one area where you should definitely finish your plate!
Do you live in the States – or elsewhere – and have noticed an increase in portion size in your area? What do you think of the serving size suggestions?