Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Study: Last Supper Paintings Supersize Food

In a study released today, an obesity researcher analyzed dozens of famous paintings of the Last Supper and found that food portions have grown larger in more recent ones.

Cornell University's Brian Wansink (WAHN-sink) studied 52 paintings depicting Jesus Christ's last meal with his disciples. The paintings were done at various times during the last 1,000 years.

He found that over that time period, the size of the main dish grew 69 percent, the size of the plate grew 66 percent, and bread portions grew 23 percent in the images.

International Journal of Obesity, April 2010.


VoteNovember2008 said...

Oh good grief! You have to be kidding. Too funny! Wonder if the Federal Government (you and me) paid for any of those studies? VN8

360 Degrees said...

Yes, it was covered under a National Science Foundation grant. Brian Wansink, the study's main investigator, had originally applied through the National Endowment for the Arts grant program but was turned down on the basis that it didn't qualify under their creative studies grant criteria.