Something we have no control over could be playing a huge role in weight gain

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America’s waistlines are getting thicker, and it’s not simply because we’re choosing to pile our plates with more food.

Rather, the baseline portion sizes of our snacks and meals have ballooned – and so have the plates and cups we serve them on.

The average size of many of our foods, be they from fast-food chains, sit-down restaurants, or even the grocery store, has grown byas much as 138% since the 1970s, according to data from the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Nutrition, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Take a look:


The staple city breakfast


A standard cheeseburger


The perfect salty snack


A famous dollar slice


Your favorite comfort food

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A morning treat


Your typical drink