Episode 002: Why Do Americans Eat So Much Food?

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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

Our gigantic problem with portions: why are we all eating too much?“ by Jay Rayner

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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