Portion Sizes, Now vs. Then
Portion sizes have considerably grown larger every decade; resulting in overeating and contributing to the obesity epidemic. Research has shown that 66% of Americans are considered overweight or obese compared to 47% in the 1900’s.
Today, obtaining food is more convenient ranging from processed microwaveable dinner kits to 24 hours fast food places, combined with a couch- potato lifestyle; sitting near the computer or T.V, has put our health at risk for a number of diseases (including osteoarthritis knee pain).
Based on research, the average adult is 26 pounds heavier 20 years ago. In the early 1900’s, the average adult male weight was about 133 pounds and the average woman was 122 pounds. That has doubled since and now the average adult man is 166 pounds and the women to 144 pounds.
Obesity Nation Wide
Based on a recent study, stats were collected from The Lancet, of the last three decades from 188 countries and concluded roughly 30% of the world’s population is overweight and obese. The number is only growing and shows that no nation has lowered the obesity rate in 33 years.
Research shows obesity is more common in women than men and occurs often in poor countries, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia. South Africa has the highest female obesity rates. In comparison, almost all of Asia remained thin, with the exception that South Koreans were a little heavier than North Koreans despite both countries having low wealth.
Control Your Portion Sizes
· Order from the children’s menu instead for smaller portions.
· Use measuring cups to measure serving sizes properly.
· Remember ½ of plate should be fruits and vegetables, ¼ plate should be grains or starches, and ¼ of plate is protein.
· Eat three balanced meals and snacks throughout the day. Don’t skip meals because you are more likely to eat more.
· Make healthier choices. Order steamed or grilled than fried.