Take that snack down a notch. Possibly your belt as well.
February 9th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
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How many times have you been to the movie theater, ordered a regular-sized popcorn or soda and been asked, “Would you like a large for a quarter more?” What about ordering a sandwich at your local deli? "Make it a combo!" you probably say.

We’re trained early on, oftentimes by our parents, to clean our plates or no dessert. Frequently, regardless of how hungry we are, that’s exactly what we’ll do.

Sure, the medium-sized popcorn would’ve been entirely satisfying, but if offered the larger portion, we’re going to take it and eat it – all of it.

This phenomenon, in part, is was what sparked a series of studies conducted at a fast-food Chinese restaurant on Tulane’s New Orleans campus.

The researchers conclude, in a study published in this month’s Health Affairs, that up to one-third of customers accepted a verbal offer to downsize their lunch, regardless of whether they were offered a minor monetary incentive to do so. Customers who accepted the downsized meals ate, on average, 200 fewer calories than did those who ordered the full-sized meals.

Read more at CNN Health: Micro-size me, please!

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. KJC

    If they were not offering a discount for smaller servings, I would definitely not downsize. When I go out for lunch, I almost always ask for a doggy bag and make two meals out of the one huge one.

    February 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  2. Truth™

    I see a lot of movies, but I cannot tell you the last time I ordered popcorm. Probably when i was a kid. And I concur about soda. I very seldom drink it. I am big into water personally.

    February 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I eat huge portions of HEALTHY FOOD! BRING ON THE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND SALMON! ah ha ha!

    February 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  4. The Witty One™

    I wish this would happen everywhere!

    Side note – Try to order a fast food combo with a water instead of soda. Confusion will ensue.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • AleeD®@TWO™

      I did .... and you're right. These days I'm going without fries, so I'll just get a sandwich, burger, etc. & a water. No more combos – unless they're nacho cheese flavored. :)

      February 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
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