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Portion sizes—the amount of food eaten in one sitting—have been growing since the 1970s and are associated with significant increases in the number of calories we take in30. This is a problem because we tend to eat what we are served and often don't notice when we're being served larger amounts31. Plates have also gotten bigger, encouraging us to serve ourselves more food. Our ability to estimate the calories in food decreases as portions get bigger—leaving us more likely to under-estimate how many calories we are taking in32. By learning how much we are supposed to eat, and by becoming aware of the cues that encourage us to eat more, we can better navigate the food environment.
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