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Portion Distortion

The average restaurant portions have almost doubled in the past twenty years. Use this fun guide to help you compare today’s portions.


Bagel size today
Bagel size from 20 years ago
20 yrs. Ago: 140 kcal

3-in diameter
Today: 350 kcal

6-in diameter

Average Cheeseburger:

Cheeseburger size today
Cheeseburger size from 20 years ago
20 yrs. Ago: 333 kcal
Today: 590 kcal

Spaghetti & Meatballs:

Spaghetti & Meatballs size today
Spaghetti & Meatballs size from 20 years ago
20 yrs. Ago: 500 kcal

1 c. spaghetti & 3 small meatballs
1025 kcal

2 c.spaghetti & 3 large meatballs
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SOURCES: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute • National Institutes of Health • Department of Health and Human Services
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