Here's What "Healthy Eating" Looks Like in Different Countries



When I've gone out to dinner with friends from other countries, they're always astounded by our portion sizes. "Is that entire pan of lasagna just for you?" one friend asked when my one-person serving hit the table. Yes, that heap of lasagna was intended just for me, and if I was hungry enough, I probably could've eaten the whole thing without too much regret. It's the American way, after all.

Fast food, double cheeseburgers, "extra" whatever, restaurant glasses of soda big enough to bathe in, processed everything, and other striking aspects of food have unfortunately become the norm in America. When compared with other countries that don't necessarily demonstrate such a widespread obesity epidemic, it doesn't take long to figure out why waistlines are expanding faster than the McDonald's menu.

But fast food and restaurants aren't the only problem—it's the way in which we eat and prepare food ourselves that's also cause for concern. Just to drive home even further how poor our eating habits have become, we researched the dieting standards of other countries and how they do "healthy eating." Keep scrolling for more info!

This story was originally published October 5, 2016.

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