Plate size and children's servings


A study of American primary schoolchildren examined the effect of varying the size of bowls and plates on the portions children served themselves.[1] Interestingly, the children were allowed to serve themselves school meals. They were mainly African American children. While the authors seemed gratified that when children used adult-sized dishware they served themselves more energy, those concerned about the obesity epidemic might see the lesson being that smaller plates equate with smaller portions. Finally the children should be congratulated on eating the unappetising sounding ‘entrées of amorphous and unit form’.

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Reviewer: David Isaacs, david.isaacs@health.nsw.gov.au

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