Infographic: A Fast Food Burger Is 3 Times Larger Now Than in the 1950s

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In order to fight obesity, the CDC argues for resisting portion size inflation.

Research has shown that the bigger your plate, the likelier it is you'll overeat. The same logic may apply to fast food, where according to a new infographic by the Centers for Disease Control, portion sizes for popular items have increased dramatically since the 1950s.

Since the dawn of the Cold War, the volume of an order of french fries has grown 180 percent. The weight of the average burger has more than tripled. And get this -- sodas are six times larger than they were back in the days of "I Love Lucy."

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Brian Fung is the technology writer at National Journal. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and has written for Foreign Policy and The Washington Post.

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