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http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/070711/11hunger.htm

Interesting that we just covered this (sort of).
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 12th, 2007 5:10pm
Most people don't realize that actual dinner plates have gotten larger over the years.  The average dinner plate used to be only slightly larger than what we would consider a salad plate.  So when your parents were forced to "finish their plate" they probably had to eat less than your children will have to.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
July 12th, 2007 5:20pm
why is that?  it seems like it would be more cost effective to serve less?

Especially restaurants.  I won't eat a full meal at a restaurant anymore.  (more a sandwich shop kind of person, myself).
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 12th, 2007 5:23pm
portions are getting bigger because food is getting cheaper, agricultural "factories" and economies of scale being the main reasons.

i remember 15 years ago and living on my own for the first time.  i was buying cans of soup for pretty much the same price.  you'd think inflation would've done something about that.

i'd bet that at restaurants, the cost of ingredients is the same percentage or even less despite the larger portions compared to many years ago.
Permalink Kenny 
July 12th, 2007 5:40pm
"why is that?"

For homes, I don't know.

"it seems like it would be more cost effective to serve less?"

I remember a time when refills of pop in restaurants wasn't free -- now just about every restaurant has free refills.  It's simple economics: restaurants with free refills got more customers than those that didn't -- the cost of soft drinks is minimal.

The same argument goes for food: If you get a lot, you think you're getting a better deal than a place that gives you less.  What's the cost of a few more fries or a slightly larger portion?  Minimal.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
July 12th, 2007 5:42pm
I am a PE, economics kind of guy.  If I can find a cheap salad bar, $4-5, I will load up on a to-go plate and I figure I am bringing in $20 worth of stuff I can buy at the grocery store.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 12th, 2007 5:43pm
"The same argument goes for food: If you get a lot, you think you're getting a better deal than a place that gives you less.  What's the cost of a few more fries or a slightly larger portion?  Minimal."

Those criminals, so they bring in a bunch customers.  Make them fat and addicted.  I know the fastfood places are bad but at least the portions are somewhat smaller.  I think the Chilis, TGIFs, Longhorns are really bad.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 12th, 2007 5:45pm
"I know the fastfood places are bad but at least the portions are somewhat smaller."

The portions at McDonalds have inflated over the years as well..  I remember when a large drink was the same size as a medium is now, etc.

Bigger is better.  More is better.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
July 12th, 2007 5:48pm
"Bigger is better.  More is better."

How is it in Canada?  Is the the daily work lunch out with the coworkers the thing over there?  Mexican and Chinese places seem to be the IT lunch outing over here.  For some f**king reason.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 12th, 2007 5:51pm
Yeah, it's pretty much the same in Canada.

Although, I think, statistically we are thinner than Americans.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
July 12th, 2007 5:56pm
what are you folks talking about. the restaraunts i eat out at have tiny portions:

http://images.jupiterimages.com/common/detail/91/19/23501991.jpg

(it's at home where i double dose on the cereal.)
Permalink Send private email strawdog sobriquet 
July 12th, 2007 6:50pm
Hmmm.  I think I'll start a project of using my phonecam to record everything I eat over the next week.

And then post it on Flickr for everyone to criticize.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
July 12th, 2007 7:55pm
just had some Ethiopian food. it was not a lot of food. one (1) small (small!) chicken drumstick, one egg, some lentil and beef stuff, some lamb stuff.

one very large square plate (could barely get glasses on table).

split between two people. did i mention there was one small chicken leg?
Permalink Send private email strawdog sobriquet 
July 12th, 2007 11:38pm
"just had some Ethiopian food. it was not a lot of food"

Imagine that.

Ba-dum-chish.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 13th, 2007 10:31am

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