Portion Sizes




Portion Sizes
By: Wendy Ray

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO --We hear about the dangers of overeating and obesity all the time. We're reminded how restaurants are serving bigger portions than eve

r, but what about the portions we serve ourselves? You may be surprised to see what health officials call a healthy serving. We took a plastic bag full of items you can easily find around your house to a grocery store, to see if what you're serving at your dinner table is the right size for our health.
The plastic bag, filled with everything from a checkbook to a tennis ball, was what we used to compare different items in a grocery store. A guide from the Mayo Clinic showed us what items to compare different foods to, to see what we should be eating.

Our first stop, the produce department. We started with a tennis ball and compared it to an apple. According to the Mayo Clinic, a medium apple should be the size of a tennis ball to equal a single serving. Our next item, a potato. A medium sized potato should be the size of a computer mouse. A cup of fruit should be the size of a baseball. Again, these are the serving sizes we should be eating in order to maintain a healthy weight.

We caught up with Trinka Hileman in the produce section and showed her the information from Mayo Clinic. She's surprised about the size of the servings, they're a lot smaller than she thought. "I usually get enough for the family. I don't think about portion size until I go home and fix it," she says.

If you think the side dish servings are a little surprising, wait until you see the main course! According to the Mayo Clinic, the piece of fish on your dinner plate should be the size of your checkbook. If that seems small to you, wait for this. A serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards.

Jan Adams says every member of her family eats different portion sizes, and trying to match them to things just isn't happening. "I think portion sizes are unrealistic for America," she says.