Mitigating the health risks of dining out: The need for standardized portion sizes in restaurants

Deborah A. Cohen, Mary Story

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Abstract

Because restaurants routinely serve food with more calories than people need, dining out represents a risk factor for overweight, obesity, and other diet-related chronic diseases. Most people lack the capacity to judge the caloric content of food and there is limited evidence that people make use of calorie-labeling information when it is available. Standardized portion sizes would not preclude people from eating as much as they want, but would make the amount they are getting fully transparent. We describe the potential benefits and means of implementing a systemof standardized portion sizes that might facilitate a healthier diet among the US population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-590
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume104
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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