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The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina Portion Sizes
What is a “Portion”? • A “portion" is the amount of food or beverage a person chooses to eat or drink. • A “serving” is a standard amount established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Larger Food Portions McDonald’s French Fries: • 1950s size: • 2.4 ounces = 210 calories • 2006 size: • 7 ounces = 610 calories
Larger Drinks Bottle of Coke: • 1916 size: • 6 fluid ounces • 1970s size: • 13.6 fluid ounces • 1996 size: • 21 fluid ounces
Food and Beverage Portion Sizes Continue to Increase • For 50¢ or less, a person can add up to 400 calories in a fast-food meal
Potato Chips & Portion Size • One study gave people a bag of potato chips for a snack and a subsequent meal each day for several days. • The package size of the potato chips varied each day. • People ate more chips when the package size was larger. • When they ate more chips as a snack, they did not eat less at mealtime.