Posted: Jan 16, 2013 9:07 AM
Jan. 16, 2013 -- The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has announced its seventh annual Xtreme Eating Awards, and as usual, there are some eye-popping, belt-busting, and artery-clogging stats behind these oversized restaurant meals.
Some of this year's biggest offenders are dishes even savvy diners might not suspect:
Other orders that could quickly send you up a dress size:
"Years ago, if you went out and splurged, you ruined your diet for the day. With items like this, you're ruining your diet for the week in some cases," says Jayne Hurley, RD, a nutritionist at the CSPI who worked on the list.
"A lot of these chain restaurants, to be fair, do have a healthy or light section on their menu," Hurley says, "but it's like less than a handful of items. And then they've got pages of these 2,000- and 3,000-calorie monster meals."
"Clearly, restaurants need to work on doing a menu makeover and slenderizing some of these," she says.
The National Restaurant Association says that's already happening. According to its 2013 industry forecast, over 85% of adults say there are more healthy options at restaurants than there were two years ago.
A representative from the Cheesecake Factory says the nutrition information for its two entrees is not correct as reported by the CSPI and should be:
The CSPI stands by its numbers, saying it received them from the chain's corporate office. Nutrition information about the meals is not on the restaurant's web site.
Looking to keep it light? David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, offers these tips for keeping your calorie counts down when dining out.