Ever think about what you put into your backpack, whether it may be your notebooks or laptop? Notice how much your backpack weighs? Sometimes you can be carrying about 10-15lbs of weight on your back! Now think about it as extra body weight. This is just a simple comparison of the weight individuals can gain within a couple months by overeating. Think about the pressure you are putting on your back and knees. If only minimizing the food we eat on our plate was as simple and easy as minimizing what we place in our backpack.
As Phillip Rhodes says, “Our bodies think we’re still hunter-gatherers threatened by imminent famine at the end of every season — even as we drive the minivan to Costco. Our supermarkets offer tens of thousands of products, often sold in packages that could feed a small nomadic tribe.”
Our perception of portions has become so distorted over time that research shows it’s hard for us to recognize what a normal portion looks like. The question comes down to: what is a serving size?
Referencing NIH, overweight and obesity affect Americans of all ages, sex, and racial/ethnic groups. This serious health problem has been growing over the last 30 years.
According to NHANES 2010, almost 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. In the past 30 years, obesity has tripled among school-aged children and teens. About 1 in 6 American children ages 2-19 are obese.
Among all the ways to change your diet, knowing the appropriate serving sizes is one. Below is a simple tool used by many to help educate one another. Take a look and share with friends and family.