Portion sizes have increased dramatically over the last several decades. To compete for our dollar, the race has been on to provide larger and larger servings. Now, almost everywhere you go food is available and usually offered in oversized portions—gas stations, grocery stores, vending machines, restaurants, and gatherings of every type. Even cookbooks have increased listed portion sizes, and the size of our plates, cups and bowls are larger to accommodate more food and drink.
We have become so accustomed to seeing these large portions that we have lost track of the healthy amounts we should be eating. Today’s portions seem perfectly normal to us even though they are greatly inflated—up to 4 times from 1950’s portion sizes.