Wellness

The New (Ab)Normal: Portion Sizes Today vs. In The 1950s (INFOGRAPHIC)

05/23/2012 01:56pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017

The average restaurant meal is four -- four -- times larger than it was in the 1950s. In fact, 96 percent of entrees at chain restaurants exceed dietary guidelines for sodium, fat and saturated fat per meal, according to a recent study.

All those additional calories are a big problem -- for our waistlines. The average adult is now 26 pounds heavier than 60 years ago.

It's not always easy to tell when you're overdoing it, especially since we're used to never-ending bowls of pasta and burgers too big to bite into. The infographic from the CDC below, however, makes it pretty clear.

Arizona Raspberry Iced Tea
Amazon.com
These recognizable-anywhere cans are bad news: They contain 23.5 ounces, nearly three times the suggested serving size for the tea inside. With 90 calories per 8 ounces, finishing an entire can adds up to almost 270. Photo from Amazon.com
Starbucks Bottled Mocha Frappuccino
Amazon.com
The 9.5-ounce Starbucks to go contains 180 calories. Photo from Amazon.com
Jamba Juice Smoothies
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/" target="flickr" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Flickr:</a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/libookperson/" target="flickr" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">libookperson</a>
Granted, Jamba Juice All Fruit smoothies are made with much better-for-you ingredients than a can of cola. However, it's still easy to mindlessly sip your calories when a 16-ounce size clocks in at least 210 calories. Flickr photo by libookperson
Minute Maid Lemonade
Amazon.com
A 12-ounce can of the summer favorite clocks in at 150 calories, more than a can of Coke and the same as a can of Pepsi. Photo from Amazon.com
Snapple Apple Fruit Drink
Amazon.com
There are 100 calories in every 8 ounces of this fruity pick, but the bottle is deceiving, since it packs 16 ounces. Photo from Amazon.com
Sunkist Orange Soda
Amazon.com
There are 170 calories per 12-ounce can of this sweet drink. Photo from Amazon.com
Dr. Pepper
Amazon.com
A 12-ounce can clocks in at 150 calories, more than a can of Coke and the same as a can of Pepsi. Photo from Amazon.com
Dunkin' Donuts Strawberry Coolatta
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/" target="flickr" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">Flickr:</a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/rene-germany/" target="flickr" data-ylk="subsec:paragraph;itc:0;cpos:__RAPID_INDEX__;pos:__RAPID_SUBINDEX__;elm:context_link">ReneS</a>
Even the small size of this frozen concoction from the coffee chain is a diet danger, with 230 calories in 16 ounces. Flickr photo by ReneS
Monster Energy Drink
Amazon.com
There are only 100 calories in 8 ounces of this pick-me-up, but who only drinks half a can? The whole thing will set you back 200 calories. Photo from Amazon.com
Nesquik Lowfat Chocolate Milk
Amazon.com
An 8-ounce bottle of this sweet sip adds up to 170 calories. Beware of larger sizes that encourage bigger portions. Photo from Amazon.com
Barq's Root Beer
Amazon.com
Each 12-ounce can contains 160 calories. Photo from Amazon.com
Related Video