Monday, July 31, 2006

Medium=large

While I was at one of my favorite fast food joints (I know, it really does along with my claim of laziness from my earlier posting today), I ordered a medium Diet Coke. What I got was this huge cup which I thought was a large or even extra large.

I know people have probably noticed this already, but are food and drink servings getting bigger, or is it just me? I thought that places like McDonalds did away with their "Super Sizes." Maybe they got rid of the name, but the portions are actually larger now. I might have to do some research on this -- I mean google search, not actually sample all the fast food places around here. HA!

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12 comments:

Hoping4more said...

how funny- i got a massive drink the other day too driving through! I did order a large, for a friend, and it was gy-NORMOUS, there was no place in the car to put it but take everything out of the console and prop it up there. i thought-did I order triple king extra large, or is this for an elephant?

that thing would have SURELY given me a UTI as too much soda inevitably does (tmi 4 sure) glad it wasn't for me!!

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Too big, too much, too bad.
I agree. Much to much these days.

~Deb

oncRN said...

Not just that, but women's clothing sizes have changed too - meaning i've gotten bigger in the last 10 years and the size on the tag has gotten smaller. This is also meant to accomodate an ever-expanding america.

Hoping4more said...

marketing...it is because some people cannot handle the truth, or do not LIKE it, and are happy to be told a comfortable lie by vendors! it apparently works! those gaining weight say they have not gone up in size, they are not eating more than before...and the vendors wink back, "yes, go ahead."

I think it's sick!

hey I do not agree with everything in Kevin Trudeau's book about Natural Remedies (he does not have a pharmacy degree, or any medical degree for that matter to be educated enough to make many of his claims) but he DOES raise some interesting questions, and makes some interesting points about the food and drug industries. I'd be interested in checking out some of his claims such as the addictive ingredients added to many foods, etc; the lobbying to not have to list such ingredients, and the payoffs.

It sure seems to me that there is something sick going on in regards to nutrition in this country. Nobody wants to get so unhealthy; it is in part due to the acceptance of some comfortable lies advertizers and vendors are more than happy to contribute to, of course, as business people.

Hoping4more said...

and of course, it is an individual's responsibility to become more aware of healthier choices...but tell that to a crack addict. Basically it is the responsibility of everyone to reinforce reality instead of encouraging a bad pattern out of another person for financial gain.

When will principles be more important to a business than the bottom line? That I'd like to see. (I don't doubt it happens, somewhere...)

Lea said...

About a month ago, it was reported that fast food restaurants, namely McDonalds, was doing away with the "Super Size". Little did we know that the amount of food would be the same, only the names were changed.

I guess it makes us feel better to order large, and get gigantic.

Mother Jones RN said...
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Mother Jones RN said...

A rose by any other name is still a super sized portion. The Golden Arches said they were doing away with large portions, but that didn't happen. The only thing they did was take the words super size off the menu. Dr. deborah serani is right, too big, too much, too bad.

Cathy said...

OncRN Is right, but I love it when I go to the store and can buy a smaller size even though I have gained weight.

The serving sizes at fast food places are getting out of hand.

healthpsych said...

When I've visited the US, I've always found the servings size to be extra "generous" in comparison to Australia or my home country (the UK) - not that we don't face the same obesity battle though.

It's me, T.J. said...

I don't get to eat out that much.

In fact, I hadn't noticed about the super-size thing?

hmmm...

Am I oblivious to portion sizes too?

I guess so.

I'll eat everything you put in front of me and measure it...

later...

Dream Mom said...

The sizes everywhere are "huge". It's kind of disgusting actually. And even when you request a smaller size, they still give you "more" or even a "bigger" size.