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Should restaurants reduce their portion sizes?




A man cooks eggs on a grill at a dinner on March 15, 2010 in the Bronx borough of  New York
A man cooks eggs on a grill at a dinner on March 15, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York
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In a recent piece for The Washington Post, food critic Tom Sietsema is asking restaurants to cut down their portion sizes.

Instead, he suggests that restaurants offer half-portions, medium-sized plates and encourages sharing dishes. With the lack of a standard portion size, restaurants make the call on each serving size, leaving them to decide whether or not to pile on the extra food or leave it off the plate.

His argument comes amid concerns of excessive food waste and with roughly 40% of adults in the U.S. considered obese. With smaller serving sizes, argues Sietsema, less food will go to waste and people will have less food tempting them on their plate.

What portion-size do you prefer? Do you think restaurants need a standard portion size? Do you frequent specific restaurants because of their portion size? And how do you handle portions that are too large to finish? We’re taking your calls at 866-893-5722.

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Tom Sietsema, food critic for The Washington Post; he tweets @tomsietsema