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The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, Santa Maria della Grazie, Milan, Italy

ScienceShot: Supersizing, New Testament Style

Supersizing began long before McDonald's. Using imaging software to analyze 52 paintings of the Last Supper created between 1000 and 1750 C.E., researchers have found that meal portions and plate sizes grew by 69% and 66% percent, respectively, over this time period. The implication, the researchers report in April's edition of the International Journal of Obesity, is that the paintings reflect Western civilization's increasing food production—and its expectations for just how much grub a celebratory meal should contain.

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