The Real Cost of Upsizing

The Real Cost of Upsizing

Bigger portion sizes make you eat more, even if you think the food tastes terrible, according to a new study from Cornell University. Portion size is now thought to be as influential as taste, in determining whether we overeat.

Sue RaddMar 20, 2023, 12:40 AM

The US study found that moviegoers given large buckets of popcorn ate 34 per cent more than those given a medium-sized container. Yet 77 per cent thought they would eat the same amount regardless of the container size.

While people seem to appreciate that portion size can influence the amount of food others consume, they seem to have a false sense of security thinking they will not be affected.

upsizing fuels weight gain

Watching portion size is a key factor to help people lose and maintain a lower weight. Yet one study of US fast-food restaurants showed that portion sizes have increased by up to 62 per cent over a 20-year period! By upsizing from small to large fries or from a medium to large muffin, for example, you get approximately 200 calories more and these extra calories do add up. It is now recognised that consuming simply 100 calories more per day than what your body needs is the chief culprit in causing the alarming trend toward obesity.

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