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Upsizing your order

Updated on May 23, 2011
They upsize your meal. (miskan @
They upsize your meal. (miskan @

Upsize or regular?

More often than not, when ordering at any fast food counter, I am always startled by the question of the food service crew: “Are you going to upsize your order, sir?” Well, after contemplating for a couple of second, I will always say “Yes” or just nod my head because it’s part of their promo. The more I have soft drinks or potato fries in my meal, the more I will have the urge to eat more and stay inside the food court and enjoy the coolness of the place.

In the tropical country like the Philippines, there are many fast food outlets that are sprouting in every town and in every city. People, who are working in offices, yuppies, and other busy bodies flock to food courts or fast food centers to lessen their efforts cooking their own meals.

The Good and the Bad Sides of Upsizing

If food comes supersized, we’ll eat more, no matter how awful it tastes. Moviegoers, like me, used to eat big bucket of popcorn and upsized soft drinks while watching the featured film. I often do this because I always feel sleepy without anything to eat.

Researchers from Cornell University like Brian Wansink and Junyong Kim found out that moviegoers ate 34 per cent more stale popcorn from a big bucket than a medium-sized container. When the same people were given fresh popcorn, 45 per cent more were eaten from the large tub than the medium one.

With the upsize order of popcorn, for example, we are always enticed to eat more. It pushes us to unhealthy overeating, even if we don’t like the food. Fast food eaters tend to suffer obesity because of their dependence to over-the -counter foods.

How about eating healthier yet less appetizing foods?  Snacking on a small bowl of raw carrots and fruits would be good, but upsizing it to a bigger bowl would be even better.

Why not try it on your own?

Upsizing your order at fast food outlet


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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @afj: Did you enjoyed it? Well, if yes, thanks!!!

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Whew! Why did I forget this hub (unintentionally, LOL!!!).

      @bacville - Thanks for trying to upsize me here! Or maybe upset. Thanks for that initial comment.

      @mpurcell10 - Yes, it's still good to cook your own food, rather than relying on fast food that are often fried or prepared fast.

      @earthbound1974: I noticed that, too! We are often blinded by media promotions that we always forget that we take into consideration the nutrients of what we eat.

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      earthbound1974 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      most of the ads on television rely heavily on fast food outlets. It's not healthy after all, even if you upsize your order.

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      mpurcell10 8 years ago from Arkansas

      How true. I have made an effort not to eat fast food more than once a month. Not always easy. Sometimes it just easier than a sit down meal.

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      bacville 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Many busy folks frequent fastfood outlets, especially during lunchtime. As a student, my friends and I always go for the upsize drinks and potato fries. It's all we can afford.