Some further portion distortion samples of gigantic changes in portion size in the last 20 years are available from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Obesity Education Initiative Slide Sets.
We carried some dramatic examples from the first slide set here on April 8 and there is a link on the How to lose weight (and keep it off) page in the number 10 position.
Here are more examples from a second segment of that slide show.
Some 20 years ago a cup of coffee with whole milk and sugar ran 45 calories and weighed 8 ounces. Today a Mocha Coffee with Steamed whole mile and mocha syrup piles on 350 calories and weighs 16 ounces. Times have indeed changed.
To burn off those extra 305 calories you need to walk three miles at 100 calories per mile.
The second example is the muffin 20 years ago. It came in at 210 calories and weighed 1.5 ounces. Today a muffin rolls in at 500 calories and weighs 4 ounces. An additional 290 calories.
How about a chicken Caesar salad? That sounds innocent enough, doesn’t it? Well, two decades ago it amounted to 390 calories and filled 1-1/2 cups. Today a chicken Caesar salad brims out three cups and throws 790 calories into your system.
That’s a four-mile walk to burn off the additional 400 calories.
There are more examples that will really crank your eyes open. Go to The National Heart and Lung website for the entire show.