In a study published in the International Journal of Obesity this week by Dr. Brian Wansink and his brother Craig, 52 painting depictions of The Last Supper were evaluated for food serving size. Dr. Brian Wansink is a well know researcher from Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating and his brother Craig, professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College teamed up on this.
Although the findings suggest larger portions of food depicted through the ages, it can probably be boiled down to artists’ outdoing their predecessor. The results beg us to discuss serving size in the present day, which is a worthwhile endeavour.
People are well aware that people around globe have become overweight and obese from the ’70′s to today to a staggering degree. The problem is multi factorial; however, growing serving sizes are a definite contributor to the problem. In fact if we zero in on the muffin serving over time, they’ve grown in proportion to population “butt size” or “muffin top” from the 70′s to today!! A dismaying but true correlation.
It’s time to end portion distortion and sit back and look at what we’re serving ourselves of all foods. If your dinner plates are the size of “old day” serving plates you may want to rethink their contribution to the problem. Here are some more tips:
- use a salad plate for meals and smaller glasses to drink from
- when eating out choose to share your entrée or take home a doggie bag
- order an appetizer for your main course
- generally stay away from the “all you can eat buffet” and “bottomless beverage” – after all how much money are you saving in the long run.
You may even want to take stock for a week or two comparing weights and measures with Canada’s Food Guide or the US Food Pyramid to retrain your eyes as it relates to food serving size. There are many ways to make easy changes to eat more healthily, focusing in on serving size is just one.