To the Editor:
Re “What Causes Weight Gain,” by Mark Bittman (column, June 11):
As a registered dietitian with a master’s in clinical nutrition, I have learned that the problem begins with Americans’ overindulgence in food. Eating real food is irrelevant if we aren’t educated on the proper portion size.
One serving is not when your hand reaches the bottom of the potato chip bag or when the entire vine of grapes is polished off. And we simply can’t rely on our satiety cues to tell our brain when we have finished one serving. It is based on the nutrition label, and most people are unable to decode its meaning.
Americans are not aware of what one serving size looks like, and it is up to professionals to teach the public when it’s time to walk away from the table.
Regardless of whether it’s real food or processed food, what has led one in three Americans to become overweight or obese is not being able to recognize the correct amount to eat in one serving.
New York, June 11, 2014
Note from KBJ: Tracy Lockwood doesn't trust you to run your own life. He or she knows better than you do what's good for you. Tracy Lockwood is a totalitarian manqué. Tracy Lockwood is one of the cognitive elite, charged with educating (read: indoctrinating and controlling) their inferiors. Tracy Lockwood is dangerous.