December 8, 2009

I feel like an anthropologist. I may have discovered an artifact that holds the clue to the cause of the obesity epidemic.

It's my grandmother's china.

It's nothing special -- just your inexpensive white dishware dating back to the 1940s -- but it's different in many ways from china today. The pattern -- a daisy-chain of tiny pink, blue, and green flowers -- is distinctly old-fashioned. The china is light and delicate and wouldn't survive one pass through the dishwasher.

But the most obvious difference is its size.

The dinner plate is only three-quarters of the size of the modern version. And the other items in the place setting are proportionately tiny.

Click here to continue reading this post