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FDA tells restaurants to cut portion sizes

It’s tough to fight the battle of bulge while being a good boy and cleaning your plate. Restaurants are at the front line of that battle, that’s why a new Food and Drug Administration report seeks to recruit help from the restaurant industry.

With 64 percent of Americans overweight and 30 percent obese, the FDA urged restaurants to join the fight against flab and cut their portion sizes in a report issued Friday, June 2.

According to the report, the price tag for medical care of overweight and obese people is nearly $93 million each year.

In the report, restaurants are encouraged to cut portion sizes, increase low fat and low calorie options and add calorie information to the menu.

"If companies don't tell them, people have no way of knowing how many calories they are being served at restaurants. And chances are, they are being served a lot more than they realize," Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told the Associated Press.