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    hole_rocks89 Female 13-17
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    May 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    Link: Fast Food Meal Sizes: 1950s & Today - How has the increase of fast food restaurants` portions drastically changed how our health is concerned?
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    xxsevynxx Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm
    Damn fast food it`s all your fault!!!!
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    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    A 12oz burger at a fast food restaurant? Shenanigans.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    yeah right, take the smallest then and biggest now, fraud.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    A 12oz burger at a fast food restaurant? Shenanigans.
    Indeed, I would be happy if portions actually did get bigger... that would mean value has gone up. If stupid people want to eat more as a consequence, let em`. All I want is more burger for my dollar.
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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm
    Hey, nobody said you HAD to eat it.
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    May 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    Big Mac got smaller
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    DracObi Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    ok really? were comparing a kids meal to a super sized meal. lets atleast be fair about it, there is no way even in 1950`s thast any self respecting adult would get a 7 oz soda. thats like 2 sips and its gone.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    A plain burger at McDonalds is 3.5 oz. LINK
    So according to this, burgers have shrunk 4 oz.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm
    where the hell do you go and normally get a 42oz drink? you`d have to pay extra for that sh*t!!!
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    Theyoyoguy Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm
    A normal burger is a quarter pound. That`s 4 oz, basically the same size.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    That explains it all
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    Quik2TheStab Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    Nope.
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    carlsagan Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    And this is why we are fat!
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    May 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    17510 Posts Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:00:22 PM

    A plain burger at McDonalds is 3.5 oz. LINK
    So according to this, burgers have shrunk 4 oz.

    why do you all keep assuming that Mc Ds is the only fast food place out there?

    BK has much much larger burgers and so does carl`s.

    not to mention wnedy`s average burger is pretty large.

    also, you cannot just count the siz of the patty, the whole burger itself has gotten larger and the bread has a ton of empty calories in it....

    unless of course you think everyone turned into a fat ass for no reason?
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    May 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm
    Not just fast food. Many restaurants serve portions a normal person could not finish, then they have the nards to ask if you want desert!
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    Tekinette Male 30-39
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    May 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    A Small soda at Mcdonalds in the US = A Large one in Europe btw.

    I also remember the 1st time I visited a supermarket in the US, I was amazed by the portions and some of the crap food I saw there, the bag of chips, soda bottles etc were like twice or even thrice as big. Same thing goes for the people really :s
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    sweetrebelnc Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    ok, typically don`t fast food joints advertise a 1/2 pound burger as "ZOMG!!!!!IT`S SO BIG!!!ONLY A REAL MAN CAN EAT PORTIONS THIS BIG!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!one!!!!" Correct me if I`m wrong, but isn`t half a pound 8 ounces? Not that a half pound burger isn`t disgustingly large.
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    DromEd Male 40-49
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    May 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    Back in the day a serving of coke in a bottle was 8oz. Pepsi in the early 70`s IIRC came up with the 12oz bottle in an attempt to gain more market share.
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    drips Male 30-39
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    May 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm
    Interesting that the burger and fries saw about a 3x increase but the soda is at 6x
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    sweetrebelnc Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm
    and @ Jamie76, I think the main reason people are bigger now is because back then fast food was a "treat". Today the dinner convo is usually "Well, what do you want, McD`s, BK, Hardee`s, Chik-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, or Wendy`s?" Plus, we are not nearly as active. Kid`s don`t play outside like they used to.
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    korahn Male 30-39
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    May 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm
    Burger King Stackers - that is all.
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    Solvent Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm
    Success!
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    one thing that hasn`t increased over that time is how much food we should eat. just because the portions are bigger doesn`t mean you should be eating more, you are responsible for your own health.
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm
    This is stupid. 7 oz. isn`t even as much as a can or bottle of cola, which has always been 12 oz. and the standard size back then too. Besides, who wants 7 oz. anyway? I`d be thirsty before my meal was over and need a refill! And who needs 42 oz. when they HAVE free refills at the store? Even on the go, I don`t need more than the `small` size which for everyone but McDonald`s has become what the `medium` used to be. Just because 42 oz. may be the ultimate top-end of what a burger joint might sell, doesn`t mean it deserves to be on a chart.

    Also, isn`t the Quarter Pounder still McDonald`s most popular-selling burger? Doesn`t that make it - drrr - even LESS than the 1950`s supposed size. This is stupid. 2.4 oz. of fries aren`t enough either - you get more than that at In-N-Out.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    May 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm
    "This is stupid. 7 oz. isn`t even as much as a can or bottle of cola, which has always been 12 oz. and the standard size back then too."

    Wrong. Up until the mid 60s, a "regular" Coke was 6.5 oz.



    A "king size" Coke was 10 oz., and a Pepsi was 12 oz. Later Coke introduced the 16 oz. "half-quart" which was advertised as "three glasses over ice."

    A "regular" Coke at McDonald`s or a drive-in was 10 oz., but that included at least 4 oz. of ice.

    Now a "regular" Coke from a vending machine is 20 oz, or just a bit more than 3 regular Cokes 50 years ago, and "Big Gulp" fountain drinks today are just totally ridiculous.

    Also, McDonald`s didn`t even have Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, or large fries, and you could eat there for less than $1.
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    Torizo Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    one thing that never changes, people make stupid, inaccurate and missleading charts. yay for sudo-science. XD
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    May 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    A plain burger at McDonalds is 3.5 oz.
    Wrong. Regular burgers at McD`s are 10 to a pound or 1.6 oz. PRE-COOKED weight. After cooking, they`re barely over an ounce.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    May 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm
    one thing that never changes, people make stupid, inaccurate and missleading charts. yay for sudo-science.
    That is true, but this one is spot-on accurate.
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    leesah Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    The reason you`re all fat is because you blame the food instead of yourselves for eating it. Gone are the days of personal responsibility, there`s always someone else to point the finger at.
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    Torizo Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm
    its still a stupid chart. everyone should know this by now. It`s drilled in by media all the time. Plus it makes comparrison with only one part of the full data. Lifestyle and whats actually in the burger aswell as even standard life earnings all account to obesiety so I really hate charts like this. We know fastfood is bad for you and in unhealthy portions. we get. We just don`t care.
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    photomstr Male 50-59
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    May 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm
    who cares . . . eat drink and be merry for tomorrow you may die. everybody lives too long anyway so quit complaining and enjoy your fries!
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm
    "Up until the mid 60s, a "regular" Coke was 6.5 oz."

    I guess you would know, right Old Ollie? I stand corrected. Still a stupid chart though - I would need to order two anyway.
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    gothmo Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm
    idk about anyone else but I don`t think I`ve ever gotten a 42 oz drink that I wasn`t sharing with someone, or some people >>;
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    May 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm
    I guess you would know, right Old Ollie?
    I was there. I used to get 6.5 oz. Cokes for a dime out of the machine at the barber shop. Of course, that was a SILVER dime which today is worth over $2.
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    Asino Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm
    Seems that they were ripping everybody off in the 50`s
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    gherwrull Male 30-39
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    May 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm
    Deceptive chart. They increased the size in two dimensions, making, for example, the soda on the right 6 times higher and 6 times wider, so that it`s pictured as 36 times the size of the one on the left.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm
    Where in the heck are they buying a 3/4lb. hamburger at?

    Even a Large fry at McDonalds is lower at 5.4 oz.

    Something is fishy with these numbers.
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    junkaddy Female 30-39
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    May 25, 2012 at 12:06 am
    Last time I ordered a medium drink at Burger King, I nearly asked the cashier if she was sure she`d given me the right size cup. The thing was HUGE. I always order a small, no matter where I go, otherwise it takes all day to get through the drink.
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    May 25, 2012 at 12:27 am
    Wow, that`s awesome OO. Actually, I am familiar with the silver content of certain coin currency in our history, and there are actually guys like the SilverFuturist who hoard them (can`t find the video, but this one`s exemplary of his eccentric persona and mentions the wartime nickel halfway through). You should see his chess match with the black guy in Washington Square park. Speaking of black, I responded to your comment.
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    Fancysucksss Male 18-29
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    May 25, 2012 at 12:32 am
    My grandma was telling me about how it was unheard of, back when my mom was a girl, for people to even get refills. I was like whaaaaa? How did you guarantee you washed everything down! Seems people really were tougher back then
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    May 25, 2012 at 12:44 am
    junkaddy, same for me. I always get a small because anything larger is wayyy too much unless it`s just water.

    I rarely eat fastfood or eat out in general tbh, and whenever I go out and have a meal I always have trouble eating it all. I feel bad not eating it all because it feels like I`m wasting money, but I have no idea when or how serving sizes got so large. For most places I`m full after only eating half when I didn`t even order a lot :S
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    May 25, 2012 at 4:26 am
    idk about anyone else but I don`t think I`ve ever gotten a 42 oz drink that I wasn`t sharing with someone, or some people >>;

    I don`t mind getting a large if I`m going to be in the car for a long time, I nurse that thing for hours. but lately I`ve been getting water instead of cokes, of course you get the dixie sized cups when you want water
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    May 25, 2012 at 6:17 am
    AMUUURICA
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    Sathon Male 18-29
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    May 25, 2012 at 6:24 am
    Obviously if you compare the smallest sizes in 1950 to the largest sizes today, there will be a drastic difference.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    May 25, 2012 at 6:29 am
    BS
    soda comes in 16oz you have to pay more for anyhing bigger.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    May 25, 2012 at 6:32 am
    Friday, May 25, 2012 6:31:49 AM
    16oz to the 1 lb
    so a MC 1/4 is 4oz
    carls jr 1/2 lb is 8oz
    bullpoo bullpoo
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    May 25, 2012 at 6:41 am
    no wonder, people are bigger today!

    just like that medieval armor that doesn`t fit anyone today anymore.
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    furrything Male 50-59
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    May 25, 2012 at 7:35 am
    Mmm! Aspartame! Tastes great, and is good for you.
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    sosueme1966 Male 40-49
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    May 25, 2012 at 8:14 am
    This would be an awesome graphic if any of it were true.
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    May 25, 2012 at 11:11 am
    talking about a wizard?
    liters! kg! damnit!
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    bridog6996 Male 18-29
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    May 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    This is very misleading. Even if the portion sizes were that much smaller (no reference given, so who knows), it doesn`t mean people ate any less. They just ordered more food.

    The obesity problems in our society have much less to do with portion sizes than they with do our increasing sedentary lifestyles and the the frequency that we eat unhealthy food. Eating fast food is far more common now than it was in the 50s.

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    llaa Male 30-39
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    May 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm
    Blame Snackwells Chocolate Devils Food Cookies...

    In order to get rid of unhealthy fat from foods manufacturers took out the fat from many processed foods. This left the food tasting more like cardboard without the gloriously tasty fat. So they added more of the two best things we like to eat: sugar and salt.
    Well, if you eat alot of salt you get constriction problems in your arteries and veins and extra sugar punches the hell out of your pancreas, liver, and is quickly deposited into fat. Like alcohol beverages, sugar bloats and destroys the body. I heard this all explained by UCSF En Dr Lustig UCSF
    Great Discussion Here
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    YANKmyDOODLE Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2012 at 3:30 am
    so thats why they only cost like 10 cents back then
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    shemei Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2012 at 3:48 am
    We don`t eat much fast food where I come from. Yay.
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    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    May 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm
    What fast food restaurant is serving a 12oz hamburger?

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