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.