Wednesday, December 19, 2012

[jules' pics] body image

Gingerbread men weren't morbidly obese when I were a lass (in the 1970s). We shared him, of course.
gingerbread fatman
I don't understand US food portions. I suppose the idea is that people support the economy by eating lots of food, and then they support it even more paying for the resulting treatment to lose the weight gained. In Japan the portions are all much smaller, which means that even if you go to a restaurant alone you can sample a pleasant variety of food for your meal, whereas in the US one is in danger of exploding before finishing half a portion. Because it is not necessary in Japan to pay someone to make you thin again, it makes sense economically that the food is much more expensive.

Posted By Blogger to jules' pics at 12/19/2012 08:24:00 PM


EliRabett said...

It's more complicated than that. People associate volume with worth, and restaurants think that if the portions are not large then they cannot charge the amount needed to stay in business (profit and portion size do not scale)

Also, many people who are not particularly well off assume that they can get another meal out of the left overs (carry out). This is particularly the case for older folk. Ms. Rabett and Eli get looked at funny when they say that they are not interested in the leftover carrots to go.

David B. Benson said...

Economics explained.