Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Portion-size and obesity

This article pulls together research indicating that people will eat what is put in front of them, rather than what is needed to satisfy their hunger. The conclusion is that fast food companies should work with government to reduce portion sizes - we will still feel even with substantially smalled, less calorie-dense meals.

However, while it is easy to blame others, it should be pointed out that no-one needs any assistance to know that their belt is feeling tight. We are perfectly capable of moderating our eating as and when we need to. The obesity discussion is yet another in which our incapacity to cope with modern life is emphasised over autonomy.

Portions Exceed Calorie Needs, Weight Loss Resources

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