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Portion Size

The Psychology of a Memorable Lunch

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Our choices have implications, not only for how much we enjoy lunch today, but also for longer term goals like fitness and health. But how do we choose? What are the basic cognitive processes that lead from initial hunger pang to this soup or that sandwich?

What's a Normal Portion Size?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Restaurants influence how much we'll eat just by deciding the serving sizes, and those are unpredictable and range from petite to colossal.

FDA Proposes Larger -- More Realistic -- Serving Sizes for Food Labels

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The FDA is proposing to change the standard serving sizes to reflect what people actually eat. The FDA defines the current serving sizes as amounts of foods commonly consumed based on dietary intake surveys conducted in the 1970s and 1980s.

Are Smaller Portions Headed Our Way?

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Dr. Lisa Young

Consumers living in L.A. County can still dine out, eat healthfully and have the option to purchase smaller portion sizes, which will offer fewer calories. Restaurants can increase revenue by selling healthier food options in smaller portions and help contribute to the health of its residents.

'I'll Have a Medium Soda' -- Why Current Size Labels Can Be Deceptive

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The study concluded that varying the "regular" portions affected how much the subjects actually ate. Subjects ate more food when the portion was labeled "regular" than when it was labeled "double-size" despite the fact that the two sizes were actually the same size.

Plate Size Matters

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

A new study out of Temple University suggests that one solution to helping kids eat less is to give them smaller plates. With childhood obesity rates so high, we need effective strategies to help youngsters eat more healthfully and eat less.

Feeling Fat? Research Reveals Two Painless Ways to Lose Weight

James Clear | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
James Clear

Changing certain cues, like the color and size of your plate, is a simple way to take advantage of the way your mind works and alter your eating patterns without actively thinking about it.

How Many Calories Are In This Salad?

Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living

Bad news about your "healthy" lunch.

Ask Healthy Living: Where Do Serving Sizes Come From?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.23.2012 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Hav...

Has Mayor Bloomberg Outsmarted the Beverage Industry?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 08.01.2012 | Food
Nancy Huehnergarth

Mayor Bloomberg has ensured that his sugary drink portion cap won't be so easy to kill. And it already has the country talking, initiating a national discussion about sugary drink portion sizes, obesity and how far government should go to protect the health of its citizens and the health of our fragile economy.

Bloomberg vs. Big Soda: Portion Size, Paternalism and Politics

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 08.01.2012 | Food
Bettina Elias Siegel

Forbidding people outright to buy the size of soda they desire strikes me as paternalistic, intrusive and likely to fuel resentment. There may also be problems implementing the ban.

INFOGRAPHIC: Portion Sizes Today vs. In The 1950s

Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living

The average restaurant meal is four -- four -- times larger than it was in the 1950s. In fact, 96 percent of entrees at chain restaurants exceed dieta...

Sizes of Food Orders Are Affected by the Need for Status

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

An interesting recent study suggests that the size of a portion that someone orders can be influenced by their need to enhance their status.

Hosting New Year's? How To Know How Much To Buy

Posted 12.29.2011 | Women

Nachos for six? Cocktails for twelve? What if half the crowd is too young to drink alcohol? When you have to entertain more than just a few people, us...

Is It Unhealthy To Eat In The Evening?

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 08.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

I told her something many Americans need to learn: there's nothing wrong with eating later in the evening, as long as it's not the only meal of the day.

What da Vinci's Last Supper Reveals About Mindless Eating

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Consider how scientists might evaluate what we eat 200 years from now. What would today's commercials or pictures of people eating tell your great grandchildren about the way we eat?

Nutrition Label Lies & Loopholes: Serving Size Sleight of Hand

Tom Venuto | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Venuto

Concerned consumers have been screaming that U.S. labeling laws are full of loopholes and in need of serious revision. The FDA says they're going to do something about it. But will it be enough?