Healthy Children - December 2017

Eating Away from Home Contributes to Portion Distortion

More and more we are eating outside of the house. It’s quick and convenient. How many times do you eat out during the week? Where do you typically eat out?

Many health professionals believe that the increase in our eating out is big factor in our weight gain.

  • Restaurant serving sized tend to be much larger than we would eat at home. Sometimes they can be 3-4 times the amount of food that is recommended.
  • Over the past 20 years there has been a major change in portion sizes when eating out. For example, French fries use to come in a one size, now there are multiple sizes and all are bigger. Talk about calorie difference.
  • Most restaurants use the cheapest ingredients that make the food taste the best. This is often involves adding a lot of fat and sugar to their foods. This results in high calorie foods. We probably don’t realized how many calories we are eating when we eat out!
  • We tend to drink higher calorie drinks when we eat a restaurants because they use tall glasses and there are often free refills. A 20 ounce regular soda or sweet tea contains about 250 calories!