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  •  And whose fault is that? (0+ / 0-)
    •  Partly the restaurants'. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think anybody requested Tchatchke's Restaurant to add a 29-ounce steak to their menu.  Due to decreasing costs of production (largely due to decreasing quality), they were able to hold their price steady and give more meat.  So they sold this as something to get people into their restaurants.

      As the price of food goes up, they will probably again adjust their portion sizes instead of their prices.  A steak so huge that a large man can't finish it might look good at $15, but not $25.

      •  Portion sizes are large (3+ / 0-)
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        but that doesn't mean one has to eat it all - we're not dogs.  I'm not one to eat out much - and even on Thanksgiving, I just can't eat that much - but it's still the consumers responsibility to eat a normal portion.

        •  Ah (3+ / 0-)
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          sagesource, RantNRaven, I

          But then you waste food.  I don't know about you but it's been engrained in me not to do that.

          I still remember the nuns yelling at me when I went to clear my tray "there are children straving in Africa".  Even smart aleky responses like "so are you going to send it to them if I don't eat it" didn't stop the refrain.  

          I've only recently learned to stop eating when I'm not hungry.  A lifetime of being told to clear my plate (plates I never made) is hard to break.  

          In general, this country just does not have a healthy attitude about food.

          I am the Typo Queen. Apologies in advance.

          by sadpanda on Tue Jul 29, 2008 at 11:36:04 AM PDT

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          •  I hear ya (1+ / 0-)
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            My Mom was the same way - same school - she gets mad that I don't do the same to my kid - but I'm really relaxed about food - when my kid is hungry he eats (which isn't too often) but my friends still hit their kids with the starving people bit.

        •  We have dogs who can eat anything we can't (0+ / 0-)

          handle - anything smaller than their heads and not tougher than stainless steel is OK by them.And there isn't a restaurant around here that we  know about that won't fix up the leftovers for them without any extra charge. We've seen portions get smaller , especially when we've eaten in travel or semi emergency situations when it became necessary to stop at a national chain fastfilth outlet. Might be less than wonderful , but I find it impossible to cheer for burgers both shrinking in size and growing in price. Can't see how anyone could really go for either. My wife did some grocery shopping today , she didn't get the sausage she usually does for my breakfast. Price didn't change yet this week , but the number of sausages went down from 12 to 10. With  3.5 ounce drop in alleged net weight. I'll eat something else , even though it will likely be higher in carbohydrates , and lower in protein , not the direction my doc says for me to go.

          •  Ultimately it's our own fault. (0+ / 0-)

            We falsely assume we're getting more for our money if we're served a steak the size of a brontosaurus haunch, and we dutifully choke it all down because our parents-- raised during the Depression-- considered it a sin to "waste" food.

            It's increasingly been my experience that humongous portions are not a good buy, that the larger the portion, the more likely the dish is mediocre anyway and not worth ordering. On the rare occasions it does turn out to be good I can always take half of it home and make a second meal of it.

            Which is the greater sin, after all-- not eating all at once everything placed in front of you, or continuing to eat after you're already full?

            Some of the other health challenges, though-- adulteration with BGH or High Fructose Corn Syrup-- are harder to surmount, You have to look harder and perhaps pay more to find unadulterated substitutes, and I can understand that a lot of parents lack the time,money, or information to do that.

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