Reduce Portion Size

Reduce Portion Size

  • The availability and consumption of larger portions may facilitate excess energy intake resulting in obesity, especially if they have been made attractive through value size pricing (i.e. lower unit prices for large than for small portion sizes).1, 2 A super-sized burger meal can contain more than 2300 calories. The exercise equivalent of running a marathon would be necessary to burn these calories. Physical activities may not be able to counteract the excessive caloric intake, and allow time for work, sleep, and other daily activities. (See portion size) 


1. Vermeer WM, Alting E, Steenhuis IH, Seidell JC. Value for money or making the healthy choice: the impact of proportional pricing on consumers’ portion size choices. Eur J Public Health. Feb 2010;20(1):65-69.

2. Kelly MT, Wallace JM, Robson PJ, et al. Increased portion size leads to a sustained increase in energy intake over 4 d in normal-weight and overweight men and women. Br J Nutr. Aug 2009;102(3):470-477.

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