Why is it that American consumers today struggle with obesity and the implications that coincide with this disease, while consumers in other areas of the world are still struggling with such large-scale epidemics as starvation and malnutrition? One of the largest contributors to obesity in the United States is the supersizing of portions, otherwise known as portion distortion. According to the text, portion sizes served in restaurants increased by 25 percent in the United States from 1977 to 1996. This increase in portion sizes has undoubtedly contributed to the heightened amount of obesity our country has experienced over the last few decades.
I believe that it is important for American consumers to know and understand the dangers that result from consuming such large portions. One of the restaurants that I eat at on a regular basis, Chipotle, serves its customers some of the most ridiculous sized portions I have seen in my entire life. I also ate at Manny's Steakhouse with my family recently, and one of the options on the menu was a double porterhouse steak with approximately 50 ounces of meat. I ate a small filet mignon (approximately 6 ounces) and I was completely full! I know from personal experience how hard it can be to say no to leftover food when you are already full, which is why restaurants in the United States should not offer these massive portions in the first place. I think that the food industry should be taking immediate action to reduce portion sizes in an attempt to restrain the rate of obesity.