Portion Sizes: The New Math

According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, it would appear that we're getting bigger for a reason. Portion sizes aren't just growing in restaurants. In a comparison of the 1936 and 2006 versions of the Joy of Cooking, the calorie count of some recipes increased by 63%. Serving sizes have grown, so in some cases recipes intended for 8 people back in 1936 are now suggested for 6 people.

It's incredible that we are eating so much more. Yes the original version of the cookbook was post-depression era, so the portions were small, but how can we justify that the same recipe for brownies yielded 30 brownies in 1936 and just 16 in 2006???