Seconds Anyone? Watch Your Portion Sizes

Susan Szulc, MD

Obesity is an epidemic in the US, affecting both adults and children.  In Virginia, one in four of us is obese (defined as a body mass index exceeding 30).  I’m not going to attempt to tackle what is responsible for this alarming trend.  But, as the holidays are fast approaching, I wanted to address the issue of serving size.  Often you don’t have to eliminate anything from your diet; it’s more about how MUCH you eat.

The food industry is largely responsible for our skewed perception of appropriate serving size.  A muffin has doubled in size since 1950.  And a side of French fries has tripled in size!  So, not only have we become accustomed to larger portions, we have begun to EXPECT them.  And this gets carried over into our home cooking.

If you can remember the four items below, you’ll retrain your eyes and brain to accurately gauge an appropriate serving size:

  • A deck of cards: meats and cake
  • A baseball: fruits, veggies, pasta, rice and cereal
  • A poker chip: all condiments (butter, dressing, mayo)
  • 3 dice: cheeses

So next time you dish out dinner, take a good look at what you are putting on your plate.

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About Dr. Susan Szulc
Susan V. Szulc, MD, is a board-certified internist with Bon Secours Medical Associates at Virginia Beach. She received her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Dr. Szulc earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Va., where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Szulc is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Szulc’s special interests include palliative care and hypertension. Read more of Dr. Szulc’s blogs.

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