Experts say a person's palm, fist or thumb can provide a good idea of an appropriate serving size, depending on the food.
Portions are spinning out of control. We eat bagels the size of a small Frisbee and popcorn from tubs. A typical restaurant bowl of pasta could feed a small family.
Much of what Americans eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner is two to three times bigger than the government's definition of a portion, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington, D.C.-based consumer group.
Health experts place much of the blame for America's growing waistlines on larger portions. Poor diet and lack of exercise also are cited as the main reasons one-third of Americans are obese. ...