Episode 002: Why Do Americans Eat So Much Food?
In Smörgåsbord’s second episode, Angel and Mik, look into why portion sizes in the United States are so BIG! Even compared to Canada, food in the United States, are comparably large. A large drink in Vancouver is a small one in Seattle, the madness! Join us today as we explore the history of the growing food portions.
Also featuring some special guests to the show, despite being short on microphones.
00:00 Opening Song
00:43 Show introduction
03:05 What is a portion size?
07:51 The history of American portion sizes
19:58 Portion sizes today
28:45 Portion sizes across the world
37:18 The health effects and science of bigger portion sizes
54:35 What’s in your palette?
Resources from today’s episode:
“5 A Day portion sizes” by NHS
“92 Percent of America's Restaurants Serve Oversized Portions” by Alex Swerdloff
“A problem of grand proportions” by Heidi Stevens
“Buying Your Food In Bulk Is A Shocking Waste Of Money” by Charlie Sorrel
“Go Big or Go Home: Everything Is Bigger in the USA” by Ani Kington
“Guide for Older Adults on Using the Nutrition Facts Label” by U.S. Food & Drug Administration
“Meals at 92 percent of dining establishments tip the scales” by Tufts University
“Portion Distortion: 10 Food Servings, Now Vs. Then” by David K. Israel
“Portion Size Versus Serving Size” by American Heart Association
“The History of Portion Sizes: How They’ve Changed Over Time” by Wendy Scinta
“The vast majority of American adults are overweight or obese, and weight is a growing problem among US children” by Christopher J.L. Murray, Marie Ng, Ali Mokdad
“This Is How Much Portion Sizes Have Changed Over Time” by Casidhe Gardiner
“When Did Sodas Get So Big?” by Brian Palmer
“Who Decides Serving Sizes?” by Meredith Melnick
“Why are portions in U.S. restaurants so big? Ask USA TODAY” by USA Today
“Why We Overeat“ by Monica Reinagel
About the show
Welcome to Smörgåsbord! A show where we explore the rituals, myths and all things strange about the world of food. Join the neverending silliness of hosts Angel and Mik as they discover strange rituals like bread and wine turning to the body and blood of a God, or holding carp as pets in bathtubs during Christmas.
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