Portion Sizes of Ultra-Processed Foods in the United States, 2002 to 2021

Lisa R. Young, Marion Nestle

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Objectives. To assess the US food industry's response to calls from public health authorities to reduce portion sizes by comparing current with past sizes of selected examples of single-serve ultra-processed packaged and fast foods. Methods. We obtained manufacturers' information about current portion sizes and compared it with sizes when first introduced and in 2002. Results. Few companies in our sample reduced portion sizes since 2002; all still sold portions of ultraprocessed foods in up to 5-times-larger sizes than when first introduced. Conclusions. Policies and practices focused on reducing portion size could help discourage the consumption of excessive amounts of ultra-processed foods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2223-2226
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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