When I took my all-to-brief holiday in Scotland last year, I was impressed by the lack of overweight people in that country -- and likewise taken aback upon my return to the the Super-Sized U.S. Now there is some data that helps to explain why, as a nation, we have become so...ample. It seems that we've been happily goosing up the calories in what constitutes a serving.
Two slices of pizza in 1989 was worth about 500 calories. In 2009, those same two slices are worth 850 calories.
And I'm old enough to remember the original 8-ounce bottle of soda, which contained only 97 calories. Today's standard 20-ounce size bubbles up to a full 242 calories.
Just for good measure (so to speak), let's tack on a nice "personal" size bag of chips for another 300 calories...
...and there's your lunch, at 1,400 calories. Just a little less than 1/2 of (what should be) your entire daily intake.
In my next post, I'll talk about how you can escape the super-size trap.