If time travel were possible, I’d like to go back to a restaurant circa 1950 or even 1970. Then I’d take the patrons back to 2013, sit them in a modern era restaurant, and watch their reactions. It would make a great video. That was my thought process last week when my husband and I went out to dinner. My meal was served on two plates, each one containing more food than I could eat — or would want to eat — in one sitting.
Seriously, I grew up in a household with two adults and five children, and a spread like that would have fed us all. It’s almost impossible for me to walk out of a restaurant these days without a bag of leftovers that’ll last through at least two lunches. Sadly, monstrous portions are not unique to restaurants, although I’d become a fan of any restaurant that would offer me a half-size portion, which would, in realty, be a normal portion. Even at home, our dinner plates have gotten larger and our portion sizes have spiraled ridiculously out of control. It would be comical if we weren’t so unhealthy.
Over time, our perception of “normal” has shifted, and it’s not for the better. These infographics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illustrate our (ab)normal eating habits.
The question is, do we care enough about our health, and the health of our children, to change?
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