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美国政府要求饭馆“缺斤短两”

2006-07-02 12:10

  Those heaping(堆得很高的,放得很多的)portions at restaurants — and doggie bags(狗食袋)for the leftovers(剩余)— may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their way.

  The government is trying to enlist(谋取)the help of the nation's eateries(餐馆)in fighting obesity. One of the first things on their list: cutting portion sizes.

  With burgers(汉堡包), fries and pizza the Top 3 eating-out(在外用餐)favorites in this country, restaurants are in a prime position to help improve people's diets and combat(搏斗)obesity. At least that's what is recommended in a government-commissioned report released Friday.

  The report, requested and funded(支持)by the Food and Drug Administration, lays out(列出)ways to help people manage their intake of calories from the growing number of meals prepared away from home, including at the nation's nearly 900,000 restaurants and other establishments that serve food.

  "We must take a serious look at the impact these foods are having on our waistlines(腰部,腰围)," said Penelope Slade Royall, director of the health promotion office at the Department of Health and Human Services.

  The 136-page report prepared by The Keystone Center, an education and public group based in Keystone, Colo., said Americans now consume fully one-third of their daily intake of calories outside the home. And as of 2000, the average American took in 300 more calories a day than was the case 15 years earlier, according to Agriculture Department statistics cited in the report.

  Today, 64 percent of Americans are overweight, including the 30 percent who are obese, according to the report. It pegs(钉)the annual medical cost of the problem at nearly $93 billion.

  Note:

  doggie bags: 俗称狗食袋,人们在饭店吃不完的饭菜打包回家给狗吃,但其实还是给人吃的。

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