Could your dinner plate be making you fat?

March 15th, 2016

We are currently having an epidemic of obesity.  We are more sedentary than ever and eating more than we should.  As a result, we are seeing a spike in obesity-related disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

On a recent trip to an antique store, I found this beautiful plate from the 1800’s (pictured below left).  At first I thought it was a salad plate which are generally smaller by today’s standards, but was told by the store owner that it was actually a dinner plate!  This got me thinking that our dinner plates have been getting gradually larger.  For comparison, you can see a modern dinner plate from my own cabinet (pictured on the right).  I decided to do a little experiment.  I put standard size portions of vegetables and meat (plastic models) on the antique plate.  I showed this to a group of people and asked whether they thought they would be full after eating that plate.  Most said it looked like a lot of food and yes they would be full.  Next, I put the same food items on the large white plate from my kitchen and slightly off center and asked them the same question.  Many said it looked like the food amount got smaller and that they would probably go for second or third helpings!  Our minds can easily be fooled by the empty space on large plates.

Look at your own dishes and think about eating on smaller plates.  Try eating your dinner on salad plates tonight.  If you go to a cocktail party, use smaller dessert plates rather than large dinner plates.  You may also want to purchase new dinner plates that have a decorative border which gives the appearance of a fuller plate.  You may find yourself losing weight!


UPDATE!!!  So, it’s over 2 months later since I started eating on the smaller sized plate at home every night.  Even if I ordered prepared food, I would place the food onto the plate and leave any excess in the container.  Believe it or not, I’ve lost 3 pounds so far!  This was even without the intention of losing weight or being conscious of the food contents.  I totally didn’t expect this weight loss and the only real variable I changed was the size of my plate. Try it yourself!