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Watch Out for Portion Distortion

Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years that sometimes the plate arrives and there's enough food for two or even three people on it. Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a "normal" portion at home too.

Portion Distortion: What you're served; What's one serving.















What you're served:

  • 1/2 lb. cheeseburger
  • French fries
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • tomato slice
  • lettuce

1,345 calories
53 grams fat

What's one serving:

  • 1/4 lb. cheeseburger
  • half the French fries
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • tomato slice
  • lettuce

685 calories
33 grams fat