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Portion Sizes: Then and Now

Portion Sizes: My, How They Have Grown

Obesity rates may not be getting worse in the US, but they have remained alarmingly high for the past 10 years. Though some restaurants are posting calorie counts, and weight loss reality TV shows like The Biggest Loser and One Big Happy Family are increasingly popular, Americans continue to struggle with obesity.

In addition to living a more sedentary lifestyle (read desk jobs and more TV time), people also eat more because portion sizes have grown dramatically over the last 20 years. The difference is astounding calorie-wise. Take a look at the chart below, and you'll understand why the US is expanding.

Food Calorie Amount 20 Years Ago Calorie Amount Now
Two slices of cheese pizza 500 850
Cup of coffee 8 oz. coffee with cream and sugar, 97 16 oz. Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, 380

To see the rest of the list, keep reading.

Food Calorie Amount 20 Years Ago Calorie Amount Now
Movie popcorn 1 small tub (5 cups), 470 1 small tub (7 cups), 630
Bagel 3-inch diameter, 140 Noah's plain bagel, 5- to 6-inch diameter, 350
Cheeseburger Made with 1.6 oz. patty, 333 Made with 8 oz. patty, 590
Cola 8 oz. bottle, 97 20 oz. bottle, 242
Blueberry muffin Homemade muffin, 264 Starbucks muffin, 360
Ice cream 1/2 cup vanilla, 220 1 cup Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in a waffle cone, 393

Here are five ways to get your portion sizes under control.

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