Even the frenzy sur-rounding low carb/high protein diet regimes can’t make the obesity is-sue go away. Now the people at San-Francisco trend-tracking firm Trend-scape predict “simple-sizing” —the practice of serving smaller food portions in response to obesity concerns— will be the No. 1 con-sumer phenomenon of 2004. But was it ever established that oversized restaurant meals were the ultimate culprit here? Not exactly. Evidence that restaurant portions contribute to obesity has been ...

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