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Super size?

Super SizeDoes it look to you like we Americans have been super sized into a super size?

The term “globesity” is being used with greater frequency as body weight climbs throughout the world –  a well documented phenomenon. As economic status improves, food availability increases, food costs drop, energy output declines; in other words, people eat more and move less.

But in the US, that first wave of readily available, cheap food is decades old. Why do we keep getting bigger? Could it be that we’ve super sized EVERYTHING! Our soda servings, wine glasses, dinner plates…

Recall Morgan Spurlock the Super Size Me documentarian who blamed his ill health on the fast food he ate for 30 days – a damaged liver was chief among his complaints. Apparently, there will be no sequel to Super Size Me as Mr. Spurlock, in a 2017 BBC online article confessional said, “Is it because I’ve consistently been drinking since the age of 13? I haven’t been sober for more than a week in 30 years.” 

So, how did that fast food affect his liver again?

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to blame fast food on our growing waistlines. I think the blame goes to our portions. In an academic counterpoint to Super Size Me, Dr. James Painter, Eastern Illinois University, enlisted two grad students who ate fast food for 30 days in the portions correct for their size. They lost weight, lowered (!) their blood cholesterol levels and their livers remained healthy. So PORTIONS matter.

While I’m not endorsing a fast food diet or eating exclusively at restaurants, I don’t believe that’s the cause of the US obesity epidemic. Restaurants do typically serve more than twice what an adult requires (with respect to calories) but it’s up to us to portion size that plate. Share it with someone else or share it with yourself the next day.

Control your portions to be well,

Marcia

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