Portion Size Presented by: Ventura Unified School District, Healthy Schools Project For information on obesity prevention or food stamps, call 1-888-328-3483.Funded by the USDA's Food Stamp Program, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS,1990, 1998, 2008 (*BMI 30, or about 30 lbs. overweight for 5’4” person) 1998 1990 2008 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%
How do we know what the right amount of food is for our bodies? • We follow US Dietary Guidelines, which scientists have studied & determined are healthy for most people.
Serving Sizes are based on: • Activity Level • Age • Gender Being physically active = 60+ minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity
Serving Sizes & Your Daily Needs Calorie Range for Girls 1600 to 2200 Calorie Range for Boys 1800 to 2600
What is a portion? • A “portion” is the amount we are served and/or the amount of food we put on our own plates
How can we find out what a recommended serving size looks like for different foods?
Let’s take a closer look…. …everyday objects can help us to remember equivalent portion sizes
Recommended Servings per Day Grains Group (6 ounces a day) Vegetable Group (2 - 3.5 cups a day) Fruit Group (1.5-2 cups a day) Protein (5 ounces a day) Oils (5-8 teaspoons each day) Dairy Group (3 cups a day)
Portion Size Matters! Portion Size Determine the recommended size for one portion by reading the Food Label Use your “Handy Portions” flyer to train your eyes and brain what a portion is Follow the recommended guidelines • The amount of food for one person • Eat the recommended portion • When you go to a restaurant: split a meal, take some home, or order ½ the amount offered
What are empty calories? • Empty calories are the “extra” calories such as solid fats and added sugars • What are examples of empty calorie foods? • These foods must be limited and eaten in moderation.
Continue with the Portion Distortion Power PointSource: National Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteObesity Education Initiative