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    Children eat more when given larger portions, less when they serve themselves

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    Friday, November 05, 2004 3:59 am Email this article
    Children eat substantially more when given a larger portion, but ate 25 percent less at lunch when they were allowed to serve themselves according to the Institute of Medicine's report on Childhood Obesity (2004, p. 346). Infants and toddlers younger than 5-years-old self regulate intake

    Research shows that Infants and toddlers up to 5-years of age, self regulate their calorie intake.

    However, by the age of 5, children tend to eat what they are given, suggesting that by that age they are not only eating according to hunger, but also eating according to external cues.

    Recommendations for parents

    The report gives the following recommendations to parents to help children learn to regulate their food intake:

    Read The Report For Free On-line

    You can purchase a copy of this report or read it for free a page a time on-line.


    Preventing childhood obesity: Health in the balance. Institute of Medicine. 2004 Sep 30, 482 pages.


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