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Discussion 2

By educating ourselves about the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate, we become more aware of what to eat. However, do we actually follow these guidelines in our daily lives? Unfortunately, many Americans struggle not only with food choices, but also food portions. We have become a society of “colossal cuisine” which has caused us to exceed the daily caloric recommendations.

Using Figure 2-10 from Chapter 2 of the textbook as a reference:

Discuss the change in our portion sizes over the last few decades. Why have they increased so significantly?
Explain two health implications of this change.
Explore the use of three simple and low cost tools/techniques people can use to help with portion control. What is one strategy you particularly like and why?
Your initial contribution should be 250 to 300 words in length. Your research and claims must be supported by your course text and a minimum of one additional scholarly source.

My text book citation: Sizer, F. & Whitney, E. (2017). Nutrition: Concepts and controversies (14th ed.). Mason, OH: Cengage Learning.
ISBN-13: 978-1-30563937-9, ISBN-10: 1-305-63937-5

Figure 2-10
A Shift toward Colossal Cuisine
The portion sizes of many foods have increased dramatically over past decades.[image]

Two other trends occurred at the same time: food portions grew larger and therefore more caloric (Figure 2-10), and people’s body weights increased to new, unhealthy levels. Taken together, these trends suggest that restaurant food portions may be affecting public health.

Figure 9-9 of Chapter 9 illustrates calorie information on a restaurant menu.

A new law requires all chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, including fast-food restaurants, to post calorie information on menus and menu boards for each standard food item.† Without such a gauge readily at hand, consumers most often underestimate the calories in restaurant foods.2 In local non-chain restaurants where such information may be lacking, people must learn to judge portions on their own.

When portions seem excessively large or calorie-rich, use creative solutions to cut them down to size: order a half portion, ask that half of a regular portion be packaged for a later meal, order a child’s portion, or split an entrée with a friend.

Moving Ahead

Portion control is a habit—and a way to defend against overeating. When cooking at home, have measuring tools at the ready. When dining out, your tools are your practiced abilities to judge portion sizes. Then, when the waiter asks, “Are you ready to order?” the savvy consumer, armed with portion size know-how, answers confidently, “Yes.”

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