LARGE Portion Sizes Have Become the New (Ab)Normal

Many Americans will be hitting the road this Memorial Day, stopping off for a bite to eat along the way.  Eating healthy on the road can be difficult when portion sizes are so large, but that can also be true in our own communities. The CDC’s new infographic, The New (Ab)Normal, illustrates just how big portion sizes have become and what we can all do, as individuals and as a community, to scale back. 

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You can also Tweet the infographic using the hashtag #NewAbNormal.


If the New (Ab)Normal infographic has you thinking about how our environment impacts obesity you can take part in the obesity CDC Twitter chat today at 3:00pm, EST.  The Twitter chat will be hosted by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC and @CDCObesity.  You can follow the chat using the hashtag #CDCchat, and remember to follow @MakeHealthEZ on Twitter.

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Comment by Bob D on May 31, 2012 at 5:54pm

I see the point that Mr. Pafko made below. I believe the artist was trying to show the height (as it would in a simple bar graph) that would go up to line. Perhaps a true proportional showing of the items and/or keeping the original sized item showing the amount of those the new size represents and stacking them. For example, with the soda, 42 oz equals six of the 7 oz drinks. Stack 6 of them on top of each other to reach the 42 oz. line. Just as powerful, if not more. One is drinking six sodas to the one seven oz. sodas from the 50s and early 60s! The numbers are powerful enough on their own. I am not upset by the graphic but I feel his point warrants consideration for future graphics or a remake of this one. The graphic is a good one but, perhaps, just as "obese" as the subject you are targeting!

Comment by Wayne Pafko on May 25, 2012 at 8:55am

The images on "The New (Ab)Normal" graphic are dishonest. The artist has tripled the height, width, and depth of the burger.  So the graphic makes it look like a burger has increase 27 times (3 cubed) instead of 3 times. The shake is even more deceptive.  The graphic makes it look like the size has increased 216 times (6 cubed) instead of 6 times.  The data is shocking enough as is - no need to try and mislead people with poorly executed chart junk.  Dishonesty undercuts the point the CDC is trying to make.

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