Portion Distortion

Portion Distortion

by Isabelle Workman

A portion is the amount of food that you choose to eat for a meal or a snack. It can be big or small, you decide. A serving is a measured amount of food or drink, such as 1 slice of bread or 1 cup of milk. Many foods that come as a single portion actually contain multiple servings.

Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 25 years that sometimes when the plate arrives, there is enough food for 2 or even 3 people. Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as “normal” portions at home too. We call this portion distortion.

Comparisons of portions over the past 25 years. Note how much the larger portions are adding calories to our diet.

25 years ago:
Bagel was 3″ in diameter and had 140 calories
Bagel is 6 ” in diameter and has 350 calories

25 years ago;
Cheeseburger – 1 had 333 calories
Today – 1 average cheeseburger has 590 calories

25 years ago:
Spaghetti – with 1 cup sauce and 3 small meatballs had 500 calories
Today – Spaghetti has 2 cups sauce and 3 large meatballs and has 1,000 calories

25 years ago
1 soda – was 6.5 oz. and had 82 calories
Today – 1 soda averages 20 ounces and has over 250 calories

25 years ago
Blueberry muffin – was 1.5 oz. and had 210 calories
Today – Blueberry muffin is 5 ounces and has over 500 calories.

If you go back to the portions we consumed 25 years ago, you can see how much easier it would be to maintain a healthy weight!

Author ImageBy Isabelle Workman
Social Media Director for The Workman Law Firm, PLLC

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