The New (Ab)Normal

Portion sizes have been growing. So have we. The average restaurant meal today is more than four times larger than in the 1950s. And adults are, on average, 26 pounds heavier. If we want to eat healthy, there are a few things we can do for ourselves and our community: Order the smaller meals on the menu, split a meal with a friend, or, eat half and take the rest home. We can also ask the managers at our favorite restaurants to offer smaller meals. [Picture of: a graph with a Y axis that lists food sizes from zero ounces to 40 ounces and an X axis that lists the year from the 1950s, to now] [Picture of: a cup of soda from the 1950s] Seven ounces [Picture of: a line angled steeply upward] Soda [Picture of: a much larger cup of soda from the present day] 42 ounces [Picture of: a hamburger from the 1950s] 3.9 ounces [Picture of: a line angled steeply upward] Hamburger [Picture of: a much larger hamburger from the present day] 12 ounces [Picture of: a basket of fries from the 1950s] 2.4 ounces [Picture of: a line angled steeply upward] Fries [Picture of: a much larger basket of fries from the present day] 6.7 ounces [Picture of: the silhouette of a family from the 1950s] [Picture of: the silhouette of a heavier family from the present day] [Picture of: CDC Logo] For more information visit

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About The New (Ab)Normal

In our very own communities, it’s not always easy to find healthy, smaller-sized meals. Servings everywhere have grown, along with our waistlines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners have tips on how we can make healthier options more available in our community. Big portion sizes have become the new abnormal, and it’s time to scale back.


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