Health Advice



Are you blowing things out of proportion?

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Body-(over)builder Greg Mark Kovacs was 6-feet, 4-inches and weighed between 330 and 420 pounds. He easily bench-pressed 700 pounds, but he died at age 45 from heart failure. It's risky business to be such extreme proportions!

It's just as risky to opt for extreme portions -- especially of unhealthy foods. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, "The New Abnormal," says the average serving of a hamburger and French fries at a restaurant today is three times beefier than in the 1950s. Sodas have gone from an average of 7 ounces to 42! On top of that, since the mid-1980s, calorie counts and portion sizes of the most popular fast-food entrees have bulked up by 12% and 25% respectively -- and dessert portions have increased in size by almost 40%.

No wonder the U.S. obesity rate has gone from around 15% in 1980 to 42% today. So let's get portions of animal protein and carbs back in proportion.

-- One serving of animal protein (we're talking skinless poultry or fish) equals 3 to 4 ounces (21 to 28 grams protein) per meal. Depending on age and activity level, you need three to six servings daily.

-- One serving of 100% whole grains (notice, no processed carbs here) equals 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, 100% whole grain pasta, oatmeal or other cooked grain; one slice 100% whole grain bread; or 1 ounce of 100% whole grain cereal. You should aim for 3 to 6 servings daily.

-- Check out to find your more precise nutritional needs/portion sizes; then, if appropriate, discuss weight management with your doc.



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c)2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.



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