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Average Adult Weight Rose along with Increases in Restaurant Portions, Federal Report Finds

June 1, 2012

The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released new information showing that the average size of restaurant meals today is more than four times larger than in the 1950s. Over that same period, the average adult weight increased by 26 pounds. A new infographic from the CDC illustrates the dramatic increase in portion sizes over the years.  

Mather Hospital’s Perfect Plates Restaurant Program, funded by the New York State Department of Health - Healthy Heart Program, is devoted to increasing the availability of smaller portions at restaurants in Suffolk County. Portion control can help prevent weight gain and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Today, the program announced that it will begin accepting entries for a “Tips for Eating Less While Dining Out”. The contest hopes to inspire restaurant-goers to think about ways they can cut down their portion sizes.  

Participants who submit their tips for eating less while dining out will be entered to win a restaurant gift card. Gift cards are available from a select list of restaurants that provide smaller portion options on their menus. Entries can be submitted online at www.matherhospital.org/healthytips. Contest winners will choose a gift card to their favorite Perfect Plates restaurant. A total of $100 in prizes will be awarded:

First Place: $50 restaurant gift card

Second Place: $25 restaurant gift card

Third Place: $15 restaurant gift card

Fourth Place: $10 restaurant gift card

The contest encourages submissions from everyone and is free to enter.  Entries will be accepted until midnight on June 16, 2012. All entries will be judged by a Registered Dietitian, and winners will be notified by June 28, 2012. 

For more information on the Perfect Plates Restaurant program, contact Gemma Saylor, RD and Director of the program, at 631-476-2723.

 John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.