America’s waistlines are getting thicker, and it’s not simply because we’re choosing to pile our plates with more food.
Rather, the baseline portion sizes of our snacks and meals have ballooned — and so have the plates and cups we serve them on.
The average size of many of our foods, be they from fast-food chains, sit-down restaurants, or even the grocery store, have grown by as much as 138% since the 1970s, according to data from the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Nutrition, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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