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Study: Kids given big plates help themselves to more food

2:46 PM, Apr. 10, 2013
A recent study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, looked at the role of an adult-size plate in portion control with children.
A recent study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, looked at the role of an adult-size plate in portion control with children.
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Small kids who are given large plates and then allowed to serve themselves take more food and consume more calories, new research finds.

The study used 41 first-graders in a Philadelphia elementary school to test whether adult research on dishware size and food intake also holds true for children.

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

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