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    It's easier for restaurants to give you more food than you should want to eat than to have to potentially deal with you being unhappy for not being served enough. Whether or not you actually finish your meal is another issue. I usually eat 1/2 or more and get the rest packed up. If it's unreasonable to carry around or drop off at a car there's usually an appreciative homeless nearby.

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    I can't even eat *a* slice of Chicago deep dish. Portion sizes are mammoth for me and you won't catch me at a buffet either. The very few times I eat fast food, I get a kids meal. Most days I eat several grazing type meals, very rarely do I eat 3 meals so I'm always taking stuff home from restaurants.
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    I love that the portion sizes are huge, because my favorite thing about eating out is having leftovers the next day! giegs has it right--I think most Americans would be upset to pay $15 for an entree at a chain restaurant and have it not fill a plate.
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    The example cited in the OP is exaggerated - those shows are just food porn. That said, I think that the distortion of proper portion sizes is probably the biggest reason for the obesity epidemic in America, even more than the relative cost of healthy and unhealthy food. I don't even think it started as gluttony. It's more about value. Aside from "the food was good", the compliment I hear most often for a restaurant is "the portion was huge". People want to feel like they're getting a deal, and restaurants NEVER want anyone to leave hungry.
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    Having thought about this a bit more, I'm certain that the rate of material cost increase in serving larger portions is negligible compared to the relatively static costs of facilities, staffing, etc. If increasing portion size results in more customer satisfaction and return business, it's just good business to serve your patrons more than they should need or desire. As mentioned, those photos are from what might be called novelty restaurants and are not indicative of the US restaurant business as a whole. We do have big portions though.

    Also, the idea of the obesity epidemic being an exclusively American phenomenon is becoming less accurate and is certainly tired.

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    Here in Northern Italy portions are generally undersized (whenever the restaurant is above "rustic and homely" level), so idk, I think it's better to have bigger portions, at least if you're full you can leave stuff on the plate rather than waking up hungry and penniless
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    Just to clarify: the entree is the main meal in the US, correct?

    It's a bit confusing as it is the word for starters/appetisers here (and in many other countries I believe).
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    It was an episode of Man Vs. Food, the whole competitive eating thing, so the meals are either ridiculously large or ridiculously hot, interestingly they have stuck to western food more or less and its all appetising. Maybe unsurprising given that its the travel network or channel which first came up with the idea and a lot of the show feels like its a big ad for the restaurants which are featured.

    I thought the over filled sandwiches were interesting because the "fries" where more like UK or European "chips" than US burger chain "fries" and the idea of putting chips in a sandwich which already has its filling, like a burger or hot dog, has been around here for a while, at least I've seen a lot people doing that in restaurants. I never thought someone would specialise in it or make it into a chain.

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    ...I get appetizers all the time and I eat everything :<

    The worst is when I get a bit too much, but not enough for two helpings. Then I have to consciously abstain from eating more than half lest I not have enough for sizable leftovers, but then I'm a bit unfulfilled.

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    Why don't the restaurants give food on smaller plates so one is under the impression they are getting a large portion however in correlation to the size of the plate the food is infact more than ample? Just a random thought.

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    It was an episode of Man Vs. Food, the whole competitive eating thing, so the meals are either ridiculously large or ridiculously hot, interestingly they have stuck to western food more or less and its all appetising. Maybe unsurprising given that its the travel network or channel which first came up with the idea and a lot of the show feels like its a big ad for the restaurants which are featured.

    I thought the over filled sandwiches were interesting because the "fries" where more like UK or European "chips" than US burger chain "fries" and the idea of putting chips in a sandwich which already has its filling, like a burger or hot dog, has been around here for a while, at least I've seen a lot people doing that in restaurants. I never thought someone would specialise in it or make it into a chain.
    Correct .. I've never seen this show before and was glued to it because of the portion sizes.

    The idea of fries in a sandwich is nothing like i've ever seen before.

    @giegs .. Thats a good idea, giving your leftovers to an appreciative homeless person. I like that
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