Big plates and cups making us fatter: Cancer Council

NEW research shows larger cups and plates, oversized food portions and supersized deals are driving Wide Bay locals to overconsume, putting their health at risk.

A new study has found people consistently consume more food and drink when offered larger-sized portions, packages or tableware than when offered smaller-sized versions.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said poor portion choices, upsize deals and simply bigger plates and bowls could increase the risk of chronic disease.

"Consuming too much food and drink can lead to weight gain, which fast-tracks the risk of many diseases, including some cancers," Ms Clift said.

"More than 60 per cent of Wide Bay adults are overweight or obese and only six per cent eat enough fruits and veggies daily**.

"Having a poor diet and poor knowledge about appropriate portion sizes leads to poor health and wellbeing.

"We encourage consumers to be aware of how much food and drink they serve themselves, and to pay attention to the size of plates, bowls and cups.

"Using smaller tableware and being mindful when eating can help to limit overconsumption. It's important to stop eating when full."

The research found people of all sizes ate and drank more when presented with more - regardless of sex, age or weight.

Cancer Council Queensland recommends all Queenslanders learn to portion their plates at home for a healthy lifestyle.

"As a general rule, salads and vegetables should make up the biggest proportion of your plate - aim for at least five serves of vegetables every day," Ms Clift said.

"Aim to fill about a quarter of your plate with carbohydrate-based foods like wholegrain bread, a medium sized potato, quinoa, rice or polenta.

"The final quarter of your plate should be a source of protein - think cooked lean meats, poultry, fish or eggs, lentils, chickpeas and nuts."

Queensland schools, workplaces, childcare centres and sports clubs are invited to join CCQ's QUEST to reduce portion sizes and eat healthier diets at quest.org.au.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.


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