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Children ate 15% more calories when given larger portions
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Children ate 15 percent more calories when they were given larger portions at lunch according to a study by Jennifer Fisher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas, USA and colleagues. Previous Studies
Previous studies: 13-39% increase in calorie intake in children due to larger portions
Previous studies that have given children larger portions have found increases in calorie intake from 13 to 39 percent.
Black and Hispanic children ate 9% more calories when portion size doubled for a day
Another study found that Black and Hispanic preschool children ate 9 percent more calories throughout the day when they were given meals and snacks that were twice as large as normal.
Subjects: 53 children, 5-6 years-old
The study involved 25 bosy and 28 girls who were 5- to 6-years-old.
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.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
J. O. Fisher
USDA Children’s Nutrition Research Center
1100 Bates Street, Suite 4004
Houston TX, 70030
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