|Anyone for Haggis? |
Note the small serving size.
I just got back from a three-week trip to Great Britain with my wife Michele. We had a great time as we ate our way around the island enjoying the likes of meat pasties, fish and chips and haggis.
It was a bus tour so some of our stops were at roadside rest stops that also happened to feature some American fast-food joints like McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway. (I just had to try the lamb burger at Burger King).
Anyway, I noticed that their portion sizes were smaller (especially the fries and sodas with no free refills) and that to super-size an order was also considerably more expensive than here in the U.S. at over double the cost. I asked an Australian we were touring with if they super-sized in Australia. He said they did but it wasn’t very popular and some chains had stopped the practice.
So why do we Americans seem to demand more, to the point that it is detrimental to our health? I’m sure the fast-food giants are putting the same pressures to buy more on our overseas cousins, yet they seem to be able to resist the urge. Meanwhile, here in America our portion sizes continue to get larger along with our waist lines.
I don’t have the answer, but it was just an interesting observation that I wanted to share. If you have any ideas on why we seem to be different, I’d love to hear them.