Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mindless eating adds up

Just a quick refresher with some facts that influence our food consumption.  Just a few environmental changes in our homes can make a big difference in how easy (or difficult) it is to overeat:

  • Moving from a 12-inch to a 10-inch dinner plate leads people to serve and eat 22% less.

  • A person will eat an average of 92% of any food they serve themselves.  --serve yourself less!

  • The average person makes an excess of 250 decisions about food each day. --plenty of room for a few improvements!

  • Low-fat labels lead people to eat 16-23% more total calories.  --hmmmm, food that doesn't tastes as good but we eat more of it??  Not really what we were going for!

  • The Nutritional Gatekeeper of a home influences an estimated 72% of all of the food their family eats.  --what you bring home matters!!

  • Because of visual illusions, people (even Philly bartenders) pour 28% more into a short wide glasses than tall ones.  --we are NOT good at "eye-balling portions or calories estimates.  Unless you're weighing or measuring, almost everyone will underestimate the amount they eat!

  • 50% of the snack food bought in bulk (such as at a warehouse club store) is eaten within six days of purchase.  --buy less -eat less.  Buy smaller -- be smaller.
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