We have all been supersized!
“How dare you!” I hear you gasp and I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but it is true!
Both our body size and our portion size have been supersized. We accept the bigger versions… of ourselves and our plates.
If I was to show you a picture of a 1961 grade one primary school class and then one from 2017… I’m guessing you would be a little shocked at the difference.
The kids in the 2017 photo will look considerably bigger in body size. Not all but most. The kids in the picture from 1961 would all look on the skinny side, and I’m guessing most. I have seen said pictures before and compared them, so I’m not telling a tale.
When it comes to acceptable size, I think our visual take on things has changed over the past 30 years or so.
When we changed our eating habits in the 70’s – FAT was the evil master and food manufacturers did everything to take the fat out of their foods, things changed. The problem with that is when you take the fat out – food tastes bland.
So what did they do? They replaced the fat with sugar and our now over 80% of product on our supermarket shelves contain sugar.
What I hear you asking does this have to do with the size of school kids?
Well the 1970’s was the beginning of our obesity, type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disease crisis. Over the last 40 years all of these diseases have skyrocketed and they don’t look like slowing down any time soon.
People – babies, kids, teenagers, adult are bigger than they used to be. They weigh so much more today than the past. We have an overweight and obesity problem – a very big problem through out our western world.
I can feel a bit of a rant coming on…and that was not the intention of this post. My intention was to talk the size of your plate…
That can be the next post!
Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!
ps enjoy Easter however you celebrate!