Burgers, Fries Bigger Than in the 1950s

A new infographic from the CDC shows that burgers have tripled in size, while sodas sizes have grown even more

Well, this is not good news. In addition to learning that nowadays, everyone is eating later in the day, the CDC has released an infographic showing just how much larger our meals are in the new millenium.

Compared to burgers, fries, and sodas in the 1950s, meals today are four times as large as they were some 60 years ago. Burgers have grown from 3.9 ounces to 12 ounces, tripling in size. Sodas have gone from 7 ounces to 42 ounces, seven times the original. As for fries, the original portion was just 2.4 ounces, instead of today's 6.7 ounces.

American adults are reportedly, on average, 26 pounds heavier today than they were in the 1950s. "As portion sizes have grown over the years, our understanding of a healthy portion size has declined," a CDC representative told us in an email. "With so many large options available, oversized portions have become the new normal."