Portions: Then and Now

What’s a portion size? It’s the amount of food or drink a person chooses to consume at one time. Over the past 20 years, portion sizes have increased dramatically, and so have our waistlines. Here are a few flashbacks that’ll show you the real differences between what we were eating then versus what we’re eating now.
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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Bagel

In the 1990s a bagel was only 3 inches in diameter.

Calories: 140

 

In 20 years, the size of a bagel has doubled, while the calories have increased by two and a half times.

Calories: 350

Soda

In the 1990s, a regular-sized soda weighed in at 6.5 fluid ounces.

Calories: 85 

 

Nowadays, a regular-sized soda has more than tripled in size.

Calories: 250

Pepperoni Pizza

Two decades ago, downing two slices of a large pepperoni pizza would set you back a mere 500 calories — about the recommended amount you should get in one meal.

Calories: 500

 

Nowadays, scarf down two slices of a large pepperoni pizza and it’ll cost you almost half the average daily recommended number of calories (which is 2,000).

Calories: 850

Popcorn

If you headed to see a flick back in the 1990s (Back to the Future Part III, anyone?), a small-sized popcorn was a reasonable treat.

Calories: 270

 

These days, a movie-theater-sized tub of popcorn has more than twice the number of calories.

Calories: 630

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Twenty years ago, a serving of pasta was topped with 1 cup of tomato sauce and three small meatballs.

Calories: 500

 

These days, pasta is drowning in sauce and larger-sized meatballs, which easily doubles the calories.

Calories: 1,020

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