Whether it’s late night snacking or indulging in a tub of ice cream to soothe a recent breakup—most of us have turned to food out of boredom or for some emotional relief. In addition to the precious minerals, vitamins and other nutrients a proper diet provides, we all have an intimate relationship with food that can either be healthy and balanced or can be destructive and guilt-ridden.
Obesity and overweight issues are due in part to the fact that we have numbed ourselves to our hunger cues. Instead of eating when we’re hungry and to a point where we’re sufficiently sated, most people eat until they are stuffed, bloated and uncomfortable. In fact, due to the super-sizing of foods, most of us are consuming more calories, fat and carbohydrates without even realizing it.
Vive la France!
In comparison to our Parisian counterparts, North Americans appear to be eating significantly more on a day-to-day basis. Consider the following findings:
• The average portion size in Paris was 25% smaller than in Philadelphia;
• Chinese restaurants in Philadelphia served dishes that were 72% larger than in Parisian Chinese food restaurants;
• A candy bar in Philadelphia was 41% larger than the same candy bar in Paris;
• A soft drink was 53% larger and a hot dog was 63% larger.