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Portions, Then + Now

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Portions, Then + Now

Everywhere you look, something new is blamed for America’s obesity crisis. “We are eating too much and moving too little.” “It is due to our stress and our lack of sleep.” “We are dining in our car, eating on the run and choosing foods from a box or a fast food restaurant over healthy, homemade meals.

Yesterday, fat was to blame, and today it is sugar. As we search for the truth on how to keep our families healthy, it is impossible to ignore some of the more obvious changes taking place in our food-filled environment — especially as it pertains to portion sizes.

Over the last twenty years, the American diet has changed dramatically both in terms of the quantity and quality of our food intake. In 1970, Americans took in an average of 2,160 calories per day. Today, it has skyrocketed to 2,673 daily calories per person. As shown in the graph below, we are now eating 20-25 percent more calories than we did in 1970!

How did this happen? Interestingly, both plate sizes and portion sizes expanded before our eyes. With the introduction of processed, shelf-ready food in combination with new agriculture policies, food became cheaper and easier to get our hands on than it was in the 1970s. If you combine this with a society that is always looking to get a bang for their buck, you end up with price wars over who can give you the most food for the least amount of money.

Whether you choose to get “supersized” meals at McDonalds, or have the “all you can eat pasta” at Olive Garden, what value-based pricing saves you in cash today may get you tomorrow with the cost of medications and hospital bills.

As the Washington Post showed in the diagram below, many of the meals we are eating out at restaurants contain as many calories as we need in an entire day. Research has shown, that the more often you eat out or on the road, the more weight you gain.

Read full story @  https://www.yourweightmatters.org/portion-sizes-changed-time/




15 Responses

Lin
Lin

December 06, 2019

How can I buy your plates?
I would live a couple ASAP
THANKS

Diana
Diana

November 10, 2019

After your plates were pulled from Macy’s, SiriusXM host on Just Jenny raved about your plates and everyone listening was anxious to buy them. Try to get that retail website up ASAP while interest is still hot.

Myria E Carpenter
Myria E Carpenter

November 10, 2019

Please start selling to individuals. I heard about your business because of Macy’s pulling your product which was an big mistake on their part. Americans really have no idea about portion sizes including myself. I loved the idea of your plates and wanted to buy several to help with my weight loss.

Linda Factor
Linda Factor

November 10, 2019

These are awesome. Love them!

Elaina
Elaina

November 10, 2019

I have been looking for one of those nine inch plates every time I go to this thrift store. I’m trying to find smaller plates to eat on because I know that we eat with our eyes a lot of negative space tells your brain that you’re starving. I like the message you’re sending. As somebody who’s been reflecting on studying researching and experiencing obesity struggles I can tell you that the problem is a multi-pronged problem. One of the biggest problems we have is our food or what they consider food that needs to be overhauled first. Emotional issues, create an addiction much like alcoholism and or drugs. That also needs to be addressed with a lot of people. And of course technology is to blame because we all sit at desks all day with computers we don’t get up and move around children play on video games or ride electric cars. There’s a lot of tentacles on this octopus called obesity.

Michael Kucaba
Michael Kucaba

November 10, 2019

You may want to rethink your stance on wholesale only, ie MACY’S
😱🍷

koni lorence
koni lorence

November 10, 2019

I heard about Macy’s pulling your plates and so I was interested in seeing what the big deal was and I think your plates are adorable! I’m interested in purchasing a couple of your portion control plates.

Katie Flaschar
Katie Flaschar

November 10, 2019

I would love to buy the mom jeans plates, if possible! I saw on your Instagram that you may take individual orders. Please let me know!

Thanks,
Katie

mkwho?
mkwho?

November 10, 2019

Why aren’t your plates 9” to promote your brand’s healthy eating mantra? Maybe it’s that extra 1.5” to really blame.

Kimberly
Kimberly

November 10, 2019

I would like to by some plates and glasses.

Kimberly
Kimberly

November 10, 2019

I would like to by some plates and glasses.

Susan Reeves
Susan Reeves

November 10, 2019

Please tell me how I can get the mom plates. I would like 9". Love your plates!

Karen Tillotson
Karen Tillotson

November 10, 2019

I would love a chance to purchase the plate (s) that Macy’s took off their shelves. They are quite humorous! I love “fun” when one is trying to drop some pounds. Why be glum about it?
I wear Mom Jean’s and am offended only by the people who spearheaded the misguided removal of the plates.

Chris Holley
Chris Holley

November 10, 2019

I saw your products in the Macy’s story. I located your site and love all of your products. Will be looking for a place to purchase them. Great idea, great fun! Expect a boost in sales😁

John Kennedy
John Kennedy

November 10, 2019

No offense taken! Cool design which reminds us that we should watch what we eat (or not)!

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