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06 January 2011

Portion distortion

As portions have become bigger over the past thirty years, so have South Africans' waistlines, says Anne Till, a registered dietician. What can be done to beat the bulge?

As portions have become bigger over the past thirty years, so have South Africans' waistlines, says Anne Till, a registered dietician and Discovery’s nutrition consultant. The serving sizes of foods sold in restaurants and at home have become much larger.

In South Africa trends indicate that food availability has risen from an average of 2603 calories per person per day in 1962, to 2921 calories per person per day in 2001. That is about a 300-calorie increase per person per day.

  • Use smaller glasses, cups, plates and serving spoons
  • Read food labels
  • Share meals
  • Eat slowly
  • Do not eat in front of the television
  • Do not serve from the table as it makes it easier to have seconds.

 
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