'Xtreme Eating Awards': And the Winner Is?
By Brenda Goodman, MA
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Jan. 16, 2013 -- The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has announced its seventh annual Xtreme Eating Awards, and as usual, there are some eye-popping, belt-busting, and artery-clogging stats behind these oversized restaurant meals.
Some of this year's biggest offenders are dishes even savvy diners might not suspect:
Other orders that could quickly send you up a dress size:
"Years ago, if you went out and splurged, you ruined your diet for the day. With items like this, you're ruining your diet for the week in some cases," says Jayne Hurley, RD, a nutritionist at the CSPI who worked on the list.
"A lot of these chain restaurants, to be fair, do have a healthy or light section on their menu," Hurley says, "but it's like less than a handful of items. And then they've got pages of these 2,000- and 3,000-calorie monster meals."
"Clearly, restaurants need to work on doing a menu makeover and slenderizing some of these," she says.
The National Restaurant Association says that's already happening. According to its 2013 industry forecast, over 85% of adults say there are more healthy options at restaurants than there were two years ago.
Looking to keep it light? David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, offers these tips for keeping your calorie counts down when dining out.
SOURCES: The Center for Science in the Public Interest: "Xtreme Eating Awards 2013." Jayne Hurley, RD, nutritionist, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, D.C. David Katz, MD, MPH, director, Yale Prevention Research Center, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
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