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:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has ... he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The ... first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from ... avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this ... coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida attorneys are ... for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing within ... of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark D. Bloom, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Plano, TX (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... taking part in Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients ... for an award to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic ... Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP ... that have already resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  In a startling report released today, ... their residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription ... definitive ranking of how states are tackling the worst drug crisis ... four states – Kentucky , New ... Vermont . Of the 28 failing states, three – ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... to their offering. The ... commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing population ... to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The introduction ... considerably, but development is still in its infancy. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a new affiliate with operations headquartered ... Latin America . ... ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: