Navigation Links
Even in 'Last Supper,' Portion Sizes Have Grown
Date:3/23/2010

Comparison of paintings shows bigger helpings over time, researchers say

TUESDAY, March 23 (HealthDay News) -- "The Last Supper" might serve as an early warning sign of bigger appetites: Over the past 1,000 years, researchers say, paintings of Christ's final meal have shown increasingly larger portions and larger plates.

The change in artistic depiction shows that people have slowly been increasing their portion sizes over the millennium, a phenomenon that can encourage overeating, Brian Wansink, a professor of marketing and applied economics and director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, said in a university news release.

"We took the 52 most famous paintings of 'The Last Supper' and analyzed the size of the entrees, bread and plates, relative to the average size of the average head in the painting," Wansink said.

The entrees on the plates and the sizes of the plates both grew by about two-thirds, according to a report on the findings in the April issue of the International Journal of Obesity. Even the bread got larger, by about 23 percent, over 1,000 years.

Wansink and his brother, a minister and professor of religious studies, used computer technology to measure the size of items in the paintings.

"The last thousand years have witnessed dramatic increases in the production, availability, safety, abundance and affordability of food," said Wansink, author of a book titled "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think."

"We think that, as art imitates life, these changes have been reflected in paintings of history's most famous dinner," he said.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more on portion sizes.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: Cornell University, news release, March 23, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. When Will FDA Speak Out on Toxic Plastics Chemical BPA?
2. Plastic Surgery Website Design Firm Rosemont Media Heads to Miami for the 44th Annual Baker Gordon Symposium
3. Dr. Randy Miller Is Named President-Elect of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons
4. Nuclear Power Plant Improves Site Security with Blast Resistant Guard Booth
5. The fungus among us: An eco-friendly way of decomposing BPA-containing plastic
6. Study confirms accuracy of transient elastography in NAFLD
7. Mixed-handed children more likely to have mental health, language and scholastic problems
8. Despite Early Uptake, Seasonal Flu Vaccination Rates are Similar to Last Year
9. Biggest Loser Contestant Turns to PlasticSurgeryPortal Doctor to Complete Makeover
10. Your Online Resource For Plastic Surgery Information
11. Dr. 90210 Rhinoplasty Specialist Now Accommodates Both the East and West Coast
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2017)... ... 29, 2017 , ... Sterling Global Products is pleased to ... biodegradable, hanging flushable wipes dispensers and/or 42 count refill packs manufactured by this ... Texas, operates more than 350 stores throughout Texas and expanding into northern Mexico ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... The National Campaign to ... the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2017. The ... will help to ensure that all members of the Armed Forces receive high ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Beginning in 2017, Ridgecrest Herbals ... This begins with the popular ClearLungs Extra Strength formula. To ensure that the effectiveness ... in the following ways:, , Removal of the homeopathic element ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Date aired: April ... “Computers are everywhere and they’re here to stay,” said Sharon Kleyne on her ... Your Health on Voice America sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®. So she was ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Children and adolescents who enter the foster ... in the general population. That’s because foster care is designed to protect children ... no fault of their own, youth who have experienced trauma often have difficulty ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and ... ... valued at US$ 7,167.6 Mn in 2015, and is expected ... CAGR of 5.6% from 2016 to 2024. ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... Cardiology devices segment is anticipated to reach the ... Cardiology Devices segment is likely to create absolute $ opportunity ... over 2017. By the end of 2027, Cardiology Devices segment ... 700 Mn, expanding at a CAGR of 18.4% over the ... Asia Pacific reprocessed medical devices market in terms ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... DALLAS , April 19, 2017  Vanderbilt ... the first patients in Nashville , ... the Lower Esophageal Sphincter Stimulation for GERD (LESS GERD) ... designed to provide long-term reflux control by restoring normal ... affects nearly 65 million people in the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: