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Portion Sizes

What's a Normal Portion Size?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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.

Hawaii to Cap Sizes of Sugary Drinks

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The Hawaii State Senate recently introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces anywhere in the state.

LOOK: Food Portions Are Out Of Control

Posted 05.31.2013 | Healthy Living

By YouBeauty.com Editors To say that we are a Supersized nation is an understatement. We all know that most things food-related -- from our serving...

Time for Ice Cream in Your Diet!

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Eating ice cream is a seasonal treat, and as such should not be denied just because one is on a diet. The key seems to be sticking to a half-cup serving size and avoiding the tempting but truly fattening sundaes and added ingredients.

WATCH: What Serving Sizes REALLY Look Like

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living

It's common knowledge that packaged foods often contain more than a single serving. But what does a single serving actually look like? The folks at Bu...

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.

Portion Sizes in the U.S. Continue to Increase: Time for Action

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As my colleague and I illustrate in our recent paper, the trend toward larger portions coincides with the availability of calories in the U.S. food supply and the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity. So what can we do about this continued trend toward larger portions?

Health Editors Confess: The Bad Behaviors We Just Can't Give Up

Posted 09.28.2012 | Healthy Living

Recently, we asked readers to share the one food they couldn't resist. And our own staff came out, discussing the health foods we just can't bring our...

Public Hearing on Sugary Drink Ban Gets an Overflowing Crowd

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

Advocates lined up at the public hearing to speak in favor of the ban on supersized beverages, while opponents complained that the ban was unfair and violated public freedom.

Healthy Eating Habits Can Be Learned - Mostly By Example

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Parents
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Many parents have a hard time making their kids eat "healthy" foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Brussels sprouts and spinach? Forget it! But it doesn't have to be like this.

Healthy Food for Kids

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

When it comes to your kid's eating habits, there is no such thing as "the talk." It takes an ongoing conversation to assure they know as much as possible about the importance of healthy habits.

What's Your Cup of Choice?

Kathy Kaehler | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathy Kaehler

Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg, for bringing this proposal to the city of New York. Thank you to the New York City Board of Health for approving public hearings for awareness, no matter what the outcome.

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...

The Truth About Portion Sizes

Michael Feigin, M.S., C.S.C.S. | Posted 11.29.2011 | Parents
Michael Feigin, M.S., C.S.C.S.

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The Pistachio Effect

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 09.21.2011 | Food
Dr. Susan Albers

The next time you have a craving for nuts it may be worth taking a scoop of pistachios in their shells. It's nice when a snack food can help you to naturally and easily eat more mindfully.