A Reuters article in the Toronto Star highlights a recent study that seems to show a correlation between the size of dishes, the frequency of meals and less tendency to gain weight in children. The study finds that children take and eat smaller portions when they are given a smaller plate to eat off of and select their own portions. Children eating from larger plates took an average of 90 more calories per serving according to researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia.
When they used adult dishware, the kids took an average of 90 more calories of food, the researchers found. And kids who ended up with more food on their plates also tended to eat more, Fisher’s team wrote Monday in Pediatrics.
“It doesn’t appear that simply because you might have large dishware at home, your child is going to overeat,” said Fisher — because it depends on who’s doing the serving and how much is served.
But, she added, “If more food appears on the plate, they’re going to eat more.”
A separate study from Greece seems to suggest that eating more often during the day also helps to curb weight gain in youngsters. Although the findings are preliminary, researchers compiling results from 11 previous studies comparing eating habits of almost 19,000 children and teens hypothesized that children who ate smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day were also less likely to gain weight.
The study from Greece may not provide a full picture though, as it is based on previous studies, the parameters of which are not always clear.
Read the full story at the Toronto Star.