Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Forget the Upsize Spiel, Try Listening to Your Body

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Forget the Upsize Spiel, Try Listening to Your Body

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Byline: SALLY LIVOCK

SUPER sizing is changing not only the way we see our food, but also the health of our nation. With Australia now recognised as one of the fattest nations on the planet, the distorted view we have as to what is a normal size is one of the factors to blame.

Coffee is served large grande or super grande, food chains entice with size upgrades for little extra cost, and restaurants serving less than huge serves are seen as poor value for money.

With more of the population eating takeaway foods and dining out often, the exposure to large-serve sizes is constant.

One American study found portion sizes were now two to eight-times larger than they were 20 years ago.

The National Obesity Forum has reported an increase of 30% in the size of takeaway foods over the past 10 years.

Standard sizes for packets of chips, chocolate bars, containers of hot chips have all increased.

What about the standard wine glass?

What would be termed a small glass today holds 250ml when the standard serve of wine is actually 120ml - that's two drinks now held in every glass. …

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