THE AVERAGE PLATE SIZE
One of the many factors that has contributed to the obesity rate in America is the size of the plate. The American plate exceeds the size of the European plate by no less than 2 inches and as much as 4 inches. As a result, our portion sizes followed suit.
You must admit; we eat with our eyes, so we will fill the entire plate. And once the plate is in front of us, we feel obligated to eat everything on the plate. So, knowing that, we should have smaller plates, you are likely to eat less and feel just as satisfied.
Even the size of drinking glasses has grown but I’m not going there because anything other than water is not good for us. So, drink tall glasses of water.
This along with other factors contributes to America being at the top of the obesity chart, with a 30.6% obesity rate (38% overweight). The next closest country, Mexico, has an obesity rate of 24.2%, not far behind but it’s not close or above 30%.
As compared to the average of all other countries (13.2%), the United States obesity rate is twice as much as the rest of the world. I will take it a step further, if I remove the stats for the UK (23%), Mexico (24.2%), Slovakia (22.4%), Greece (21.9%), Australia (21.7%) and a few others over 20%, the rest of world has an average obesity rate of less than 10%.
It’s not so much the lack of food in other countries but the absence of processed foods. The United States and the prior mentioned countries are referred to as modern, fully developed country. Yet, these countries are the unhealthiest as result of the foods we are consuming, in abundance. While the so-called underdeveloped countries have the lowest levels of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- – In the 1970’s 5% of Children were obese, today greater than 30%
- – 94% of the US Schools served a lunch that failed to meet the USDA Standards
- – Lunch served in 80% of those schools exceeded USDA’s recommendations for total fat and saturated fat
- – 75% of Americans drive to work, a 300% increase since the 1960’s (We don’t walk, we don’t bike, and it has cut off 100’s of calories burned by physical activity)
- – In 1969, 42% of children walked or biked to school, today 80% are driven
- – Today, less than 5% of adults meet the minimum guidelines for physical activity
- – 1 in 4 get no activity at all
- – Children consume over 7.5 hours of media a day
- – Restaurant portions are 2-5 times more than what the body needs
As the size of the plate has changed, so has the obesity rate. As the environment has changed, so has the obesity rate.
Make a change. If not, you are bound to be diagnosed with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. All driven by obesity. Obesity started in the 1980’s. Do you know what the leading cause of death was 35 years ago?! Pneumonia-Influenza, tuberculosis, and diarrhea.
If you want to get out of this category or make sure you don’t fall into it, make a change. Change your environment and you will make better choices.
Definitely, change the plate size!