really happening at the dinner table 50 years ago?We all know that the ‘typical’ Australian meal was either meat and three veg or fish and chips. A lot has changed since then! untitled-design-14Unsurprisingly, our serving sizes have grown bigger (luckily you’ve got Marley Spoon to manage your serving size!) While Australian plate sizes have not increased as dramatically as the US, we have definitely been influenced by their serving sizes. While in the late 1970s, plate sizes averaged 25cm in diameter, today's dinner plates from can be 29.5cm or up to 31cm for the hospitality industry.This was no doubt fuelled by the arrival of three big American fast food chains: KFC in 1968, Pizza Hut in 1970 and McDonalds in 1971. Since then, many more have hit our shores, and they’ve become a big part of our fast food culture that is adding to our waistlines.And we’re sure the iconic Tim Tam is also to blame - we eat 45 million packets a year!We’re sitting around the dinner table less and less as we get busier. More than a third of Aussies eating most of their meals on the sofa while watching TV. And generation Y are the main offenders, with only half of 20-34 year olds saying they eat most of their meals at the dinner table, compared to almost three quarters of those aged over 69.The IPSOS food report found that the top five food priorities in 2016 for Australians are: eating more fresh fruit and vegetables (40%), smaller portion sizes (31%), reducing sugar intake from food (24%), eating healthier snacks (23%) and cutting down on fat (23%).On the flip side, the 2016 CSIRO Healthy Diet Score report found One third of Australians eat too much junk food, with a nation-wide survey confirming our eating habits are well below par. Researchers at the CSIRO canvassed the dietary habits of more than 86,500 adults across the country over a 12 month period and found four out of five Australians have a below par diet. Overall the nation was awarded a diet score of 59 out of 100.## But the worst of it

We’re throwing away $1000 worth of food each year, or 1 in every 5 shopping bags! Worse still, because 'ugly food' is not up to supermarket standards, on average 40% of fruit and veg grown for supermarkets is thrown away before it even reaches the shiny rows of the fresh produce section. The supermarkets even make the suppliers throw away the produce at their own cost. Doesn't it feel good to know that you're already making a difference by cooking with us? This really is the future of food. One day, they’ll be talking about Marley Spoon and how we changed how people cook dinnerOrder Marley Spoon and help reduce food waste!