Infographic: Bigger isn’t better when it comes to portion size

Learn why the mounds of food on our plates are piling on the pounds.

In 1971, 15 percent of Americans were obese. Today, the statistic has grown to 31 percent.

One of the culprits may be the portion size of the foods we eat:

  • Portions of French fries have increased from 2.4 ounces and 210 calories to 6.9 ounces and 610 calories.
  • Servings of spaghetti and meatballs, once 500 calories, often pack as many as 1,025 calories.
  • Remember those little bottles of soda pop? A 6.5 ounce bottle held 85 calories. That 20-ouncer you grab from the convenience store cooler today holds 250 calories.

Learn more of “The Skinny on Portion Sizes” in this infographic from NorthShore University Health System.

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