Portion Distortion

An upward shift in the size and calorie count of a serving of a particular food served to the general public, especially in fast-food restaurants
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(And let's give it up for The Cheesecake Factory, a perennial winner, making it a kind of Meryl Streep for portion distortion.)
Get clued into "portion distortion," because often food we eat as a single portion contains several servings (particularly when we eat out), and we end up consuming far more calories than we realize.
When we view oversized portions of food as normal, this can be called "portion distortion." It is important to get children accustomed to accurate portion sizes in order to help them maintain healthy eating habits.
The British Heart Foundation's Portion Distortion report compared the portion sizes of 245 products sold now with the portion sizes listed in a 1993 government publication showing "typical weights and portions sizes of foods eaten in Britain".
She blamed restaurants for portion distortion. "If you eat what restaurants serve, you will end up like two-thirds of Americans, overweight or obese,'' she said.
Chase stated that one of the largest contributors to obesity in the US is the supersizing of portions, otherwise known as portion distortion. According to her, portion sizes served in many American restaurants have increased by more than 35% in the last 20 years and said that governments and healthcare organisations must join together to address the source of the problem and not just focus on the problem's symptoms.
To beat portion distortion go for a small filter coffee or a skinny latte.
She warned about "portion distortion," because the size of foods such as hamburgers and fries are much bigger now than they were decades ago.
For a reality check, visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's website on portion distortion (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/ public/heart/obesity/wecan/eat-right/distortion.htm).
Serving size labelling aims to address "portion distortion", a phenomenon whereby individuals perceive large portion sizes as appropriate amounts to eat at a single eating occasion.