For the past 1,000 years, the size of Jesus’ Last Supper has been getting larger. According to Live Science, researchers recently used a computer program to estimate the size of the dishes and plates in famous paintings depicting the biblical Last Supper. They found that the main dishes in the paintings grew by 69 percent over time, plate size grew by 66 percent, and the bread servings grew by 23 percent. The researchers believe the gradual growth of plate and portion sizes reflected in the paintings could be linked to the trend of overeating and obesity.
“I think people assume that increased serving sizes, or ‘portion distribution’ is a recent phenomenon,” Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab told Live Science. “But this research indicates that it’s a general trend for at least the last millennium.”