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  • Children ate 34% more calories when given larger portions of calorie-dense foods

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    Tuesday, September 07, 2010 12:14 pm Email this article
    Children ate 34 percent more calories when they were given larger portions of lunch that contained more calorie-dense foods according to a study by Jennifer Fisher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas and Barbara Rolls at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. Overweight Adults

    Overweight adults eat more food and more calorie-dense foods

    “Limited evidence suggests that overweight individuals consume larger food portions and have more [calorie]-dense diets,” the researchers noted.


    Larger Portions

    Larger portions: Children ate 15% more calories

    Children consumed 15 percent more calories at a meal when they were given larger portion sizes (548 calories versus 478 calories).


    Increased Calorie Density

    Increased calorie density: Children ate 18% more calories

    They consumed about 18 percent more calories at a meal when they were given an entree that was more calorie dense, that is, food that contained more calories for a given amount of food (548 calories versus 478 calories).


    Larger Portions and Increased Calorie Density

    Larger portions and increased calorie density: Children ate 34% more calories

    When they gave children both larger portions and food that was more calorie-dense, the children ate 34 percent more calories (598 calories versus 445 calories).



    Subjects: 53 children, 5-6 years-old

    The study involved 25 boys and 28 girls who were 5- to 6-years-old.



    Conclusion: Both portion size and calorie-density of food affect calorie intake

    This study shows that both portion size and the calorie-density of the food we eat affects how many calories we consume, and thus, how much weight we gain.


    Fisher JO, Yan Liu LLB, Rolls BJ. Effects of portion size and energy density on young children’s intake at a meal. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jul, 86(1):174-79.


    J. O. Fisher
    USDA Children’s Nutrition Research Center
    1100 Bates Street, Suite 4004
    Houston TX, 70030
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