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Increase Portion

size leading to
obesity and other
chronic diseases

Najlaa Almohmadi
Dietetics Intern
February, 10th 2016

History of Changing Portion Size in the

Portion Size Then and Now

Portion Size and Obesity
Obesity over world
Obesity in the United States

Obesity and Chronic Diseases

Present a brief history of changes in
US portion sizes.
Understand the relationship between
increased portion size and obesity
Demonstrate the correlation between
obesity and other chronic disease

History of Changing Portion

Size in the USA
The average restaurant meal is four -- four - times larger than it was in the 1950s.
96 percent of entrees at chain restaurants
exceed dietary guidelines for sodium, fat and
saturated fat per meal, according to a recent
The average adult is now 26 pounds heavier
than 60 years ago.

History of Changing Portion

Size in the USA
According to a 2007 paper published in the
Journal of Public Health Policy, portion
sizes offered by fast food chains are 2-5
times larger than when first introduced.
When McDonalds first started in 1955, its
only hamburger weighed around 1.6 ounces;
now, the largest hamburger patty weighs 8
ounces, an increase of 500 percent.

Portion Size and Obesity

In the 1970s, around 47 percent of Americans were
overweight or obese; now 66 percent of us are. In
addition, the number of just obese people has doubled,
from 15 percent of our population to 30 percent.
Because energy content increases with portion size,
educational and other public health efforts to address
obesity should focus on the need for people to consume
smaller portions.(Young et al, 2002)

Obesity of the world

Obesity in the United States

Obesity and Chronic Diseases


Diabetes in the United States

Hypertension in the United States