Restaurant Portion Sizes

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 11:11 PM
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If you eat out frequently it’s almost impossible for you or your child not to overeat. In fact, a study found that restaurant portions of foods like hamburgers and French fries are two to five times larger than they should be. There’s a mentality that says, “If I’m going to pay for it, I’m going to eat it,” says Berning. We’re paying for it with the high incidence of obesity in this country. We also tend to think of eating out as special, so we choose fattier foods. It’s easy to think, I don’t have to prepare it and therefore I’m going to treat myself.

The solution: In addition to restricting the number of meals you allow your family to eat out, implementing portion control is extremely important. Eat only half of your meal, and leave the rest or take it home in a doggie bag. If you don’t like leftovers, talk with your child about splitting a meal with you prior to entering the restaurant or entering the drive through. This does two things: prepares your child mentally and saves money.

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