How Did National ‘Lose Weight/Feel Great’ Week Affect You?

Americans Who Diet At 16 Year Low

The number of Americans who diet is at a 16 year low, yet according to the latest government survey those asked said they should lose about 20 pounds.

It’s eight o’clock do you know where your appetite is?

Chances are you do but your restaurant doesn’t care.

An increasing number of people are realizing restaurants too often over feed us. Eateries want so to insure that perceived value for cost has been satisfied, they’re doing too good a job. Ordinarily this would be a win-win. Somebody sets a price, then gives us more than we bargained for, what’s not to like?

Part of ‘what’s not’ is that many of us never got over the ‘good mother syndrome’, a loving lady who oft chided, “Clean your plate.”

My own mom’s fav was “Starving children would be glad to have your vegetables.” So like that kid Mikey who used to exclaim, “I ate the Whole Thing,” we eat the whole thing… even after we are no longer hungry.


More than 75% of obese people say they eat healthy. Too many of us eat a lot healthy, without regard to portion control and it is more often than not restaurants who are broadening us.

Thomson Medstat health care research facility based in Michigan performed a survey that collected, then analyzed data for the U.S. government. Margin of error results are only plus or minus 1 percentage point.

This telephone survey found 40 % claimed to participate in “vigorous” exercise every 7 days so 3-time US Olympian Jana Angelakis had this proclaimed National “Lose Weight/Feel Great Week.”

A strong devotee of exercise, he also acknowledges the importance of portion control. More on Jana Angelakis is available at

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and nearly one-third qualify as obese. Obesity is determined by a calculation of a person’s height and weight, called BMI, or body-mass index. Of the 11,000 individuals contacted, about 3,800 were of normal weight, 200 underweight, 4,200 people overweight, 3,100 obese or morbidly obese.

Just 19% of obese respondants said they read nutritional labels as opposed to 24% of normal weight people. The main separation occurred when asked where people eat. Normal weight diners frequented restaurants 3 or more times a week, the obese only slightly higher.. The split was that larger people ate all they were served regardless of portion size. Thinner people rarely cleaned their plate.

Weight control has become a real issue of not only what we eat but how much. (A pound of anything does not necessarily a fatty make. As an aside here – Denmark does not by any means suffer the obese issues seen in many other cultures yet it has the highest consumption of candy in the world at 29.5 lbs per person annually. Two or three pounds, and remember a pound is a mere 16 ounces, several times a week appears to make a substantical difference in waist size.

So is a new day dawning as light begings to reach diner’s awareness of portion size?

Split meals

At Perrys in San Diego, CA we found macho guys one would think chomp down like truckers, splitting a meal. One meal, they find is plenty for carpenter Chuck Stewart and custom home builder Don Sherrillo, plus a crowd of others.

Some of the LoseWeight/FeelGreat gang are saving thier lives from heatt attacks and diabetes by developing the will power to push a half full plate away. My mom would deem this a terrible waste of food since she was correct, there are today starving people, many children in this world, still.

Perry’s mentioned above is a small restaurant chain that sees the writing-on-the-wall. It has begun to answer the call of less-for-less by offering to help people with weight control. They’re happily divide a healthy meal like the breakfast photo of scrambled with sausage and fresh mushrooms, above, or develop menus with items similar to what has become known there as the Judy Brown special, couple eggs, slice of ham, coffee, hold the potatoes and toast, for under $3.00 by the way.

We’d like to know what restaurants you frequent that are willing to do the same for you. If they’re nice about it we might give them well deserved recognition and you a brightly colored Newsblaze T-shirt for helping others.

Claudia Strasbaugh was a freelance writer who founded Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa Writer’s Guild, was head writer for the weekly TV show “Kill ‘EM With Comedy,” plus California Bureau Chief for National Lotto World Magazine. Claudia also ran a nonprofit called Dinner On A Dollar. Sadly, Claudia passed away in 2015, but we are pleased to display her writing works.