Our Meals are 4 Times Larger Than in the 1950s (Infographic)

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In a country where a diner can get a free 72-ounce steak (5,760 calories, 480 grams of fat) -- if eaten with a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad, roll, and butter within an hour, without getting sick -- is it any wonder that we're bursting at the seams? (Well, our clothing at least.)

Or how about a 64-oz "Double Big Gulp" of soda for your daily 59 teaspoons of sugar and 800 calories?

But it's not just at Texas-gone-Roman steak houses and convenience stores that portion sizes have been growing. The average restaurant meal in general today is more than four times larger than in the 1950s. And according to the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults are, on average, 26 pounds heavier.

To address the growing obesity problem in the U.S., the CDC has created this infographic highlighting just how eating attitudes and habits have changed over the last 50 years.

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In view of this, the agency recommends ordering smaller meals on the menu, eating half and take the rest home, or splitting a meal with a friend (or three...).

For a larger view of the infographic and for more information visit MakingHealthEasier.

Tags: Diet | Diseases

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