At Waitplate we talk a lot about the psychology behind food and how sensible eating comes down to retraining our brain and eating habits. One of those habits is re-educating our brain to understand portion sizes visually (as seen through our portion control plates).
In the Western World in particular, we have become conditioned into expecting a full plate of food with not much bare surface space – unless that space is drizzled with sauce. This becomes a problem when the physical size of our dinner plates is getting bigger.
Below is a timeline of the average size of dinner plates over the last 60 years:
1950’s – 9 inches
1980’s – 10 inches
2000’s – 11 inches
2013 – 13 inches
When our stomach and appetite work on visual cues from our brain, this increase in plate size across the years is not giving us much of a chance to maintain sensible eating habits and portion control. Our urge to fill up every blank space on our plates with food is leading us to overeating without even realising it.
The other concern with the size of plates is children overeating. When children are being served the same sized plates as adults, particularly if these plates are 13 inches, this is setting the child up for possible overeating and even obesity issues.
By educating not only yourself but your children’s visual aids when it comes to portion control and how much is enough, it all starts with the plate you’re serving the meal on.
The Waitplate System offers the perfect tool that that whole family can use with our Contemporary Plate and our Waitplate Portion Control plate offering tableware that physically maps out how much you actually need on your plate – and it’s not 13 inches!