Bigger Plates, More Calories For Kids

Posted by juggernautPT on May 07, 2013

Bigger Plates, More Calories For Kids
Bigger Plates, More Calories For Kids

A recent US study found that when young children are given larger plates they help themselves to more food than when using a smaller plate.

This behaviour resulted in increased calorie consumption – although the children, aged six to seven years, generally ate only half of the additional calories they served themselves. Regardless, this was still an increase in calories consumed by each child during each meal.

Katherine DiSantis, assistant professor of community and global public health at Arcadia University in Glenside, Penn, said ‘We found that children served themselves about 90 more calories when they used the large plate at lunch [compared to a small plate]’.

It has previously been established that adults eat more when using larger plates and that children eat more when served more. This latest study bridged the gap in established findings by seeing whether juveniles would self-serve more calories.

No correlation, however, was found between children with higher BMIs and their propensity to self-serve bigger portions.

Commenting on the study finding, Marjorie Freeman, associate professor of nutrition, food science and packaging at San Jose State University, California, said, ‘In the end, it's the portion that's served rather than the plate size – and whether or not the child likes the food – that influences how much they eat and how much they serve themselves’.

Source: Pediatrics

 


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