Would Jesus Super Size That?


The last thousand years have witnessed dramatic increases in the production, availability, safety, abundance and affordability of food” Brian Wansink

Cornell University professor Brian Wansink and his brother who is a Presbyterian minister/religious studies professor, have used 52 paintings of the most famous meal ever to deduce that we are overeaters.

They analyzed the portion sizes of the meals featured in paintings of The Last Supper in relation to the head size of the apostles featured in the paintings.

That makes sense because I learned in art class your hands are supposed to be about the same size as your face and you shouldn’t be eating more than a fist size of anything, so the doctors say. Try it. If your hand doesn’t fit you’re totally out of proportion. You should feel very bad about yourself and be banished to the island of misfit toys immediately.

“We think that as art imitates life, these changes have been reflected in paintings of history’s most famous dinner.”

So apparently over a millennia our meal and plate size have increased over by 60%.

The bread size has increased in size by 23% according to the study. I wonder if they factored in the fact that that bread was supposed to be unleavened back then.

I could make a joke here about Jesus flipping over in his grave over our portion sizes if he had a grave he would stay in but I won’t….cause I’m classy like that.

Src: Super-sizing the “Last Supper”

Here’s a few more last suppers for you! I also learned about these other “The Last Supper” paintings in art class..

Top Left to bottom right: Lego Brick Last Supper, Valentin de Boulogne’s “The Last Supper”, Caravaggios’s “Supper at Emmaus”, Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”

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