When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s parents urged their kids to "clean your plate" during a meal just like parents today do. My family ate daily off the ubiquitous Franciscan Apple Ware dishes. I still have the dishes my family used. I also have some of those same dishes in the version of which they are sold today. The dinner plate on the left is one my family ate from and the one on the right is the size from which families eat now.
I'm sure it is not news to anyone that the portion sizes we eat now are a lot bigger than they used to be. I am not advocating wasting food and I am not denying that there are hungry children in a lot of the same places there were when the parents of the 50s and 60s told their kids to "clean your plate." I'm just wondering if "clean your plate" is the best advice to be giving kids these day.