This post is in response to what Chris had to say this week.
When Coca-Cola products were first introduced, the product was sold in 6.5 ounce bottles. When going to a fast food restaurant, you were served a 7 ounce cup. Today, the children’s cup at McDonald’s is 12 ounces! As the years go on, cup sizes continue to grow. You can go into a fast food restaurant and order a triple cheeseburger, a large order of french fries, and a 42 ounce drink. This so-called meal contains several servings of food, and that does not even count the number of calories such a meal would contain (I would guess this would be well over the standard 2,000 calories per day suggestion).
Even within a chain of restaurants, there is variation in the amount of ounces that makes up a small-, medium-, or large-sized drink.
Cup sizes are significantly larger in America compared to Japan. It does not come as much of a surprise that there is a growing diabetes and obesity epidemic in America. With real portion sizes being completely lost under a sea of fast food, Americans tend to overeat. Fast food is seen as a convenient alternative to a nice home-cooked meal. Personally, I would much rather prepare my own food and have some control over what goes into my food. If the same could be said for much of America, then perhaps we would not see so many people becoming obese, when the amount of food served to a single person at a restaurant could easily serve three.
I got my information from the following article: