Food Portion Size Matters.
2,000 calories per day is all most adults need to eat (children need even fewer), but you’re probably eating even more. With bigger food portions come more calories, and consuming extra calories can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. But a simple way to start being healthier is to choose to eat a little less. Choose Less. Weigh Less.
(Download a PDF of Choose Less, Weigh Less portion control posters.)
Over the years, portion sizes have gotten bigger, and so have many of our waistlines! We also eat out more often, making us more likely to be exposed to large portion sizes at restaurants.
Growing Food Portions = A Growing Problem
Portion sizes in restaurants have grown. The average restaurant meal today is more than four times larger than in the 1950s. Portion sizes in our homes have grown. The surface area of the average dinner plate has increased 36% since 1960.
Choosing the Right Portion Size for Everyday Foods
Knowing the proper portion sizes for different foods can help you eat healthier and gain less weight. For more information, download our portion control tip sheet to learn simple, everyday actions you can take to maintain a healthy weight and choose the proper portion size when dining out or eating at home.
To view more videos showing the proper portion size for common foods such as chicken, tortilla chips, fish and popcorn visit our YouTube channel.
Time to Scale Back
Portion sizes have steadily increased over the past few decades. Hamburgers are three times bigger than they were in the 1950s. As portion sizes have gotten bigger, so have we. The average American man now weighs 28 pounds more than in the 1960s.