Saturday, January 19, 2013

For 50 Cents More, You Can Get A Large Popcorn And Large Drink

Movie popcorn



How many times have you heard this and how do you usually answer? I say "no" all of the time because I don't want the extra calories and fat. However, there are many who say "yes" and a lot of them are children. It sickens me when I see parents allowing their children to eat very large portions of food. Yesterday at McDonald's, a father bought his family large drinks, fries, and burgers. Of course, I wanted to say something but these were not my children.

As you know, in the USA, food portions are too large and it has affected the waistlines of all of us, including those of our children. The rate of obesity in children has increased from 7% in 1980 to 20% in 2008. With adolescents, that same rate went from 5% to 18%. The incidence of obesity came as a result of increased caloric intake coupled with increased inactivity.The long-term effects our children being overweight, will be an increase in the rate of diabetes, cardiovascular and cardiocerebral diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. Obesity can lead to other conditions like cancer, and osteoarthritis. What can we do now to prevent these conditions from destroying our youth?

  • Make sure you are not eating out too often and make more home cooked meals 
  • If you do eat out, choose the child size entrees for children and why not for yourself, while you are at it 
  • Include for fruit for dessert and make vegetables the largest portion of the meal 
  • Eat on smaller plates (8 inches diameter) inch plate and don't pile up the food on the plate; attempting to build a pyramid would be counterproductive 
  • Turn off the computer and video games and make sure you and your family get daily exercise and outdoor week-end activities 
  • Your children's school has a huge part to play in their health. So, investigate they are teaching and encouraging healthy eating and providing daily activities 


So, the next time you are at the movies, just say "no" to supersizing your meal for both you and your children.




16 comments:

  1. I order kid-sized for myself all the time! Well, not all the time as we don't go that often, but when we do...I get plenty of calories AND toy. That's a great deal...I don't care how old I am.

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    1. That's why you are going to stay and look young for a long-time.

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  2. Wonderful tips! No need to super size, it is not beneficial to anything more than your wallet.:)

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    1. So true, you will save more money and your health.

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  3. When we supersize things, we think that we are saving money. Rarely does anyone think all those extra calories especially if you are inactive are ruining your body. Great post on ways to cut our extra fat stop supersizing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Super sizing is just super sizing our bodies.

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  4. Amen. We are definitely out of control when it comes to portion sizes!

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    1. I know Ms. Gumbo you never super size anything. You got your family's nutrition on a schedule.

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  5. I agree that sizes have gotten way too big, especially for kids! That is part of the reason we really eat out at restaurants :)

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  6. The sizes are out of control, I almost always bring some home when we eat out, which isn't all that often.
    ~Kelly

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    1. I do the same thing. In fact, I did that last week when I was in New York.

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  7. Yes, I often kid size if I can get something gluten-free. Yesterday I shared a milk shake with my 4 year old because I knew it was too much for him, and it was. With 5 kids, we don't eat out much anyway so I need to stretch those dollars when we do.

    Thanks for linking up to Motivation Monday!

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    1. My parents did the same thing when I was growing up. They buy a milkshake and divide among four kids, LOL.

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  8. These comments bring back some pleasant memories. When I first started to college a lot of the kids thought I had money because my mom saved for a long time to provide me with some nice new clothes and my sister gave me a great briefcase.

    But the word changed quickly when I took my date out the local eating place and I was seen buying a ten cent coke to split between the two of us!

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    1. Too funny James, I would like to know the reaction of your date. Anyway, our parents knew the importance of saving and healthy eating.

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  9. My husband and I usually do order large drinks or a large meal--and share it! It's usually more efficient and cheaper than two separate small meals!

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