"Your Eyes are Bigger
Than Your Stomach"
"Your eyes are bigger than your stomach,"
mom said, which meant, "No, you can't
have a milkshake." She didn't think
my appetite was large enough to finish all
that food, and at 10-years old, she was
probably right. Her motivation had less
to do with my not eating it all, and more
to do with the cost of the meal and the
waste of money if I left some food uneaten.
I remember thinking, "Who cares if
I don't eat it all, I just want a milkshake!"
Super Size Costs More
than Extra Money
Now restaurants encourage us to order up,
by pricing the larger size only slightly
higher than the small. On the face of that
logic, why not Super Size? It seems to be
a better value, and then we gobble it all
down, because, after all, we paid for it
so we want to get our money's worth.
The majority of the cost of the restaurant
meal is in the preparation and serving,
not in the food. It costs pennies for the
syrup in your drink, but the cost can be
$1.50 or more. A small order of fries costs
nearly the same as a large to prepare. Ordering
the ultra huge super duper size costs the
company a few more pennies. That's why the
pricing makes sense for the restaurant.
Convince the public they are getting good
value, by offering bigger servings for only
slightly more money, and they will most
likely order the larger size, which is exactly
what has occurred.
Consider the cost of Super
- 3 fast-food meals per week X .79 cents
= $2.37 per wk.
- 3 person family X $2.37 = $7.11 in additional
expense per week
- $7.11 X 52 weeks/yr. = $369.72
Nearly $370 per year extra expense just
by saying, "Super size it."
If you don't want to give up your fast-food
habit, try changing back to a regular order
and leave the super sizing alone.
Take a look at your regular eating and
drinking habits, especially away from home,
and see where you can make some changes
that will both save you money, and help
you lose weight at the same time. Super
sizing is only a good value for the fast-food
outlet, not for you or your waistline.
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