How the size of an average restaurant meal has QUADRUPLED since the 1950s - with U.S. burgers now three times as big

  • metta

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    Jul 08, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
    How the size of an average restaurant meal has QUADRUPLED since the 1950s - with U.S. burgers now three times as big

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2148970/How-size-average-restaurant-meal-QUADRUPLED-1950s--U-S-burgers-times-big.html
  • metta

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    Jul 08, 2012 7:51 PM GMT

    I would love to see what would happen if a restaurant offered 1950 size portions. Imagine the look on peoples faces.


    In the 1950's, food used to take a larger percentage of the average household budget than it does today...so this also shows you how much cheaper food is.
  • Webster666

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    Jul 08, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    metta8 said
    I would love to see what would happen if a restaurant offered 1950 size portions. Imagine the look on peoples faces.


    In the 1950's, food used to take a larger percentage of the average household budget than it does today...so this also shows you how much cheaper food is.



    I find it hard to believe that food is cheaper, now.
    I'm thinking that, in the 1950s, there was a greater number of people in most households, resulting in a higher percentage of money spent on food, than we see, today.

    BTW, yesterday, I was at a street fair where they were selling hot dogs for TEN DOLLARS each !
  • metta

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    Jul 08, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
    ^
    yes, size of families definitely plays a part as well....but in general...even considering family size...I think it is much cheaper...based on percentage of income.




    "As many experts and commentators have noted over the years, Americans as a whole actually spend less on food than any other country when it comes to percentage of income. In the U.S., our average food expenses constitute about 9-12% of our income. In 1949, it was 22%."

    http://yourhealthista.com/post/3854494046/the-truth-about-food-costs




    America Spends Less on Food Than Any Other Country

    http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/01/america-food-spending-less
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    Jul 08, 2012 11:52 PM GMT
    Since I travel a lot, I end up at a lot of restaurants all over the country, the west coast, the midwest, Arizona, the north East, Florida and the deep south. I am amazed at the sizes of people I see setting down at tables at restaurants in all these areas of the US, they're shoveling in amounts of food that it would take me 4 meals to eat and on top of all that food, they somehow find room for 2 and 3 full 16 ounce glasses of soft drinks.

    The south and midwest seems to have the biggest hogs at the trough's.
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    Jul 09, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    You kind of expect it today. When i was out at a restaurant yesterday, the meal was much bigger than what I would ever put on my plate at home. And yes, I did eat it all.
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    Jul 09, 2012 1:41 AM GMT

    Rofl, it's the opposite up here. We were just at a Market this morning. A 20 oz loaf of 'artisan bread' (a rather pretentious term) was.....$9.00.


    However when down in the US I noticed restaurant portions can be huge.
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    Jul 09, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Art Analysis Reveals A Growth In Food Portions Over The Past 1,000 Years

    "A Cornell University professor claims that his analysis of more than 50 paintings of The Last Supper shows that the size of our meals has grown significantly in the past 1,000 years. ...

    They found during the study that the size of the meals and plates have both increased (the main meal by 69 percent and bread size by 23 percent), leading them to deduce that the phenomenon of serving bigger portions on bigger plates, which tempts people to overeat, also occurred gradually over the same time period."

    http://www.psfk.com/2010/03/art-analysis-reveals-a-growth-in-food-portions-over-the-past-1000-years.html#ixzz205X4eQFF
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    Jul 09, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    metta8 said
    I would love to see what would happen if a restaurant offered 1950 size portions. Imagine the look on peoples faces.


    In the 1950's, food used to take a larger percentage of the average household budget than it does today...so this also shows you how much cheaper food is.


    The sad thing about this is that the quality of the food we're eating has decreased drastically. We're getting "more" (more what?) for less, but it boils down to the fact that we're basically eating garbage. We're budgeting less for garbage than we were budgeting for real food 50 years ago. Garbage held no value until we began the mass production of our food products.

    Consumers need to realize that they don't have *some* buying power, they have *all* the buying power. These companies wouldn't survive if we didn't continue to put our money in their pockets.
    -tomatoes shouldn't be available year round at no extra cost
    -a burger shouldn't be worth $0.99
    -3 for $1.99 is only a deal that pop and chips see; never broccoli or lettuce, etc.

    People need to quit complaining about the cost of eating healthy and remember that we put ourselves here (even if it was unknowingly at the time; all the more reason for us to try and get ourselves out).

    Bottom line: you get what you pay for. If you're paying next to nothing, chances are you're getting next to nothing (where it counts ie: nutrition, food quality, etc.)

    /rant
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    Jul 09, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    No doubt meal portions at many restaurants are huge these days. I almost always end up eating only half of my meal at the restaurant and taking home the leftovers for the next day. But overall, I feel portions have grown considerably just within the past decade because I don't remember such large meals as a kid during the '90s (although I'm sure still bigger than previous decades).

    Look no further than the sizes available at Starbucks. Didn't Tall actually used to be their largest size back in the day? Now there's Venti and even Trenta. However, many individual stores carry Short! It's not on their menu, but you can certainly ask for it.
  • allatonce

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    Jul 09, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    The average hamburger is 12 ounces?!?! Where? Are we talking 12 ounce beef patty or what? I've never heard of a 12 ounce burger (I can only dream), even 6 ounce isn't that common in fast food.
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    Jul 09, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    metta8 said... the size of an average restaurant meal has QUADRUPLED since the 1950s -
    So has the average size of restaurant customers.