Have you ever gotten into a Facebook discussion that ended up with all parties walking away dissatisfied? A friend pulled me into one of those conversations the other day, and I felt it was relevant for this audience. It goes like this:
Original Facebook Post by a Stranger: A new study by a child obesity think tank, says that children consume less food if the plates are smaller. I don’t know about you but if there is less food on the plate then that is kinda obvious. However, the study fails to find the root cause of childhood obesity, if you take away a daily PE, and reduce recesses. Force kids to sit still for hours at a time, and send home more home work, it is inevitable that there will be more obese kids. Exercise is the most important factor in weight control. Depending on an arbitrary unscientific formula ( BMI) to make your assessment as to who are and are not over weight, will never take into account for individual variation.
Friend’s Comment: The concept of the smaller plate is that we are visual. If we put the food on a bigger plate we will inevitably try to fill the bigger plate. A full small plate will seem to us like more food and thus make us feel “full” whereas the same amount of food on a plate that is larger will leave us feeling like we ate less and need more food.
I share this with you to see where you stand on the matter. I believe that the amount of calories a person can expend in a day through physical exertion, exercise, work, chores, recreation, and other activity has a top limit, whereas the number of calories a person can consume has a much higher limit.
It’s possible to sit down and tear through a bag of high-fat, high-sugar processed snack food that contains more than enough calories to cover each and every calorie burned in a day’s time, and then some. I agree that both of these factors are “up there” in reasons why children are obese, but I feel that poor nutrition is much more at fault.When looking at this from a calorie deficit perspective, there’s a lot more damage that can be done through poor nutrition choices than can be repaired through good physical exercise.
To the original poster’s remark about the food pyramid, that was phased out in 2010, in favor of MyPlate, which I’ve posted about on this site several times. For more details, visit http://choosemyplate.gov.