Fast Food Meal Sizes: 1950s & Today [Pic]

Submitted by: hole_rocks89 5 years ago in

How has the increase of fast food restaurants" portions drastically changed how our health is concerned?
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Male 3,059
What fast food restaurant is serving a 12oz hamburger?
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Female 2
We don`t eat much fast food where I come from. Yay.
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Male 771
so thats why they only cost like 10 cents back then
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Male 1,692
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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Male 571
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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Male 1,360
talking about a wizard?
liters! kg! damnit!
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Male 439
This would be an awesome graphic if any of it were true.
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Male 1,397
Mmm! Aspartame! Tastes great, and is good for you.
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Male 1,104
no wonder, people are bigger today!

just like that medieval armor that doesn`t fit anyone today anymore.
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Male 3,612
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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Male 3,612
BS
soda comes in 16oz you have to pay more for anyhing bigger.
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Male 248
Obviously if you compare the smallest sizes in 1950 to the largest sizes today, there will be a drastic difference.
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Male 5,413
AMUUURICA
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Male 1,625
[quote]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 >>;[/quote]

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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Female 2,674
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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Male 1,048
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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Male 3,631
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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Female 261
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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Male 17,512
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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Male 28
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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Male 137
Seems that they were ripping everybody off in the 50`s
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Male 15,832
[quote]I guess you would know, right Old Ollie?[/quote]
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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Female 1,324
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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Male 3,631
"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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Male 766
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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Male 316
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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Female 1,566
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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Male 15,832
[quote]one thing that never changes, people make stupid, inaccurate and missleading charts. yay for sudo-science.[/quote]
That is true, but this one is spot-on accurate.
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Male 15,832
[quote]A plain burger at McDonalds is 3.5 oz.[/quote]
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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Male 316
one thing that never changes, people make stupid, inaccurate and missleading charts. yay for sudo-science. XD
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Male 15,832
"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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Male 3,631
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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Male 1,625
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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Male 2,841
Success!
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Male 1,429
Burger King Stackers - that is all.
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Female 846
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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Male 904
Interesting that the burger and fries saw about a 3x increase but the soda is at 6x
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Male 2,468
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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Female 846
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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Male 273
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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Male 2,085
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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Male 2,345

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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Male 139
And this is why we are fat!
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Male 658
Nope.
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Male 15,510
That explains it all
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Male 462
A normal burger is a quarter pound. That`s 4 oz, basically the same size.
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Male 5,314
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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Male 38,494

A plain burger at McDonalds is 3.5 oz. LINK
So according to this, burgers have shrunk 4 oz.
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Male 289
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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Male 2,436
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Male 2,034
Hey, nobody said you HAD to eat it.
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Male 10,440
[quote] A 12oz burger at a fast food restaurant? Shenanigans. [/quote]
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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Male 2,855
yeah right, take the smallest then and biggest now, fraud.
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Male 683
A 12oz burger at a fast food restaurant? Shenanigans.
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Male 76
Damn fast food it`s all your fault!!!!
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Female 353
Link: Fast Food Meal Sizes: 1950s & Today [Pic] [Rate Link] - How has the increase of fast food restaurants` portions drastically changed how our health is concerned?
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