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PORTION DISTORTION

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:05pm

By Marie Dufour RD – I remember when going out for a soda was a special event and sitting at a sidewalk café sipping a 6-oz soda was a real treat.  My grandkids think I’m weird as I turn down the 25-cents-upgrade to a 32 oz soft drink at the fast food counter.  The drama is that I know the difference between a harmless occasional soft drink as a treat, and a high-fructose corn syrup-based 32-ouncer with every meal.  The difference is reflected in the obesity charts and the tragedy of NOT ONE SINGLE US State having reduced its obesity, in spite of public campaigns and millions of dollars injected into the school systems for education and prevention.

 

It never hurts to know a little bit of history.  Food portions have changed drastically in the last 20 years.  We now suffer from PORTION DISTORTION.

For example, an 8-oz cup of coffee with whole milk and sugar (45 calories) is now a 16 0z mocha coffee with whole steam milk and mocha syrup (350 calories).  It would take 1 hour and 20 minutes to burn off the extra 305 calories. If repeated every day, this little coffee switch translates in a 31-pound weight gain in a year.  Amazing, uh? And no wonder we’re getting fatter!

 

So, what do we do now?

- Be aware – Take the Portion Distortion Interactive quiz at:

NIH-Portion Distortion

- Make choices  – Now you know.  Make an educated choice and educate your friends and family.

- Work it off – Say you went for that extra coffee on a special day… go for a special walk.

- Advocate for smaller portions – You have the power to generate change.  Let your voice be heard at your supermarkets, your schools, your city councils and your government.  WE WANT SMALLER PORTIONS!

Filed under: diet, childhood obesity, community nutrition, diet, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, healthy living, Marie Dufour RD, NIH, portion control, portion distrotion, public health, weight control, weight loss

By Marie Dufour RD – I remember when going out for a soda was a special event and sitting at a sidewalk café sipping a 6-oz soda was a real treat.  My grandkids think I’m weird as I turn down the 25-cents-upgrade to a 32 oz soft drink at the fast food counter.  The drama is that I know the difference between a harmless occasional soft drink as a treat, and a high-fructose corn syrup-based 32-ouncer with every meal.  The difference is reflected in the obesity charts and the tragedy of NOT ONE SINGLE US State having reduced its obesity, in spite of public campaigns and millions of dollars injected into the school systems for education and prevention.

 

It never hurts to know a little bit of history.  Food portions have changed drastically in the last 20 years.  We now suffer from PORTION DISTORTION.

For example, an 8-oz cup of coffee with whole milk and sugar (45 calories) is now a 16 0z mocha coffee with whole steam milk and mocha syrup (350 calories).  It would take 1 hour and 20 minutes to burn off the extra 305 calories. If repeated every day, this little coffee switch translates in a 31-pound weight gain in a year.  Amazing, uh? And no wonder we’re getting fatter!

 

So, what do we do now?

- Be aware – Take the Portion Distortion Interactive quiz at:

NIH-Portion Distortion

- Make choices  – Now you know.  Make an educated choice and educate your friends and family.

- Work it off – Say you went for that extra coffee on a special day… go for a special walk.

- Advocate for smaller portions – You have the power to generate change.  Let your voice be heard at your supermarkets, your schools, your city councils and your government.  WE WANT SMALLER PORTIONS!

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