TODAY   |  October 09, 2012

Want to lose weight? Eat off smaller plates!

In the past 50 years, plate size has increased more than 35 percent, resulting in Americans consuming more calories and contributing to the obesity epidemic. The TODAY anchors chat about how you can get fit by joining the small-plate movement.

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>>> all right. before we get to that. let's explain the huge table and huge chairs and big plates and things like that.

>> big fork.

>> nbc's third annual healthy week is in full swing. this year the focus is on five different things, hydration, getting more sleep, taking five during your workday, recess and this one, portion control.

>> yes. okay. this is our very subtle reminder that actually in the past several years plate sizes have increased more than 35%, and it actually makes a huge difference, and it contributes to more calorie consumption and, of course, we know, we have an obesity epidemic so our table is here to shed a light on the small plate movement.

>> did you know swapping out this 30-inch plate, actually a 12-inch plate for a 10-inch plate, you can lose about 18 pounds a year. that is an unbelievable figure when you think about it. for more on that as well as our healthy tips, just head to our website today.com.

>> all right.

>> thanks, guys, for offering us