It’s a case of portion distortion
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It’s a case of portion distortion

Obesity increases a person's risk of illness and death due to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and kidney and gallbladder disease. Obesity may increase the risk for some types of cancer.Obesity increases a person's risk of illness and death due to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and kidney and gallbladder disease. Obesity may increase the risk for some types of cancer.Something’s been happening to food portion sizes over the last 20 years. They’ve gotten steadily bigger. So have our waistlines.

Food portions in American restaurants have doubled or even tripled in size over the last two decades, a key cause in the devastating surge in obesity among children and adults.

And, because we’ve been conditioned to larger sizes in restaurants, we tend to serve ourselves larger portions at home as well.

Don’t think those bigger portions make much difference? Consider this. Twenty years ago, the typical bagel was three inches across and contained 140 calories. Today, it’s six inches in diameter with a whopping 350 calories. To “burn off” those 350 calories, you’d have to walk for one hour and 16 minutes, or 4.4 miles, the distance from Brooklyn Bridge to Prospect Park.

Twenty years ago the average cheeseburger was 300 calories; today it’s 590.  Most of us would have to walk two hours and eight minutes or 7.5 miles, the distance from Grand Army Plaza to Coney Island, to metabolize all those calories.

Want fries with that cheeseburger? Today’s typical portion contains 610 calories, not to mention a ton of sodium and fat. You’d have to walk from Times Square to Grand Army Plaza to burn those calories off. Add a soda at 250 calories and you’d have to walk 3.1 miles from Union Square from Jay Street/Metrotech to avoid any weight gain.

Put together today’s sized cheeseburger, fries and soda into a not-so-happy meal, and you’d have to walk all the way from the Brooklyn Bridge to Yankee Stadium to cancel out the 1,450 calories you’ve consumed.

Instead of becoming a marathon walker, there are more sensible, less time-consuming ways to keep you and your kids from becoming supersized.

Bring a healthy, low-calorie lunch to work and pack a healthy "brown bag" for your children. When eating out, order an appetizer instead of an entrée, share an entrée or eat half of a meal and doggy bag the rest. Cut high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into small pieces. Substitute a salad for French fries. For snacks, serve fruits and vegetables instead of sweets. Or even try ordering a kid-size portion for yourself if you’re an adult.

Learn more by visiting The Weight Loss Center. Online or call 1.855.FIT.TBHC (1.855.348.8242)

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