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Supersizing the Last Supper

March 23, 2010 - A recent AP story points out a disturbing trend in the art world. Not only are our real-life food portions getting bigger, but the representations of food in art are also increasing.

The April issue of the National Journal of Obesity reports over the past 1000 years, the size of the food depicted in the Last Supper has expanded. According to the study, the size of the main dish increased 69 percent, the plate got 66 percent larger, and the bread increased 23 percent.

Why is this news? It all corresponds to our ever-increasing portion sizes, particularly in America (and Wisconsin). "What we see recently may be just a more noticeable part of a very long trend," Brian Wansink, a food behavior scientist at Cornell University told the AP.

The lesson? Be mindful of portion sizes! Don't let images distort what is appropriate for healthy weight loss and proper fitness. You can read more about the study online.