Study Raises Awareness on Portion Size With Preschoolers

Posted on April 12, 2019 2:31 pm
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Preschoolers may not be as good at resisting large portions of everyday foods as was previously thought, according to Penn State researchers.

In a study, the researchers examined whether children between the ages of three and five were susceptible to the portion size effect — the tendency of people to eat more when larger portions are served.

They found that when served larger portions of typical meals or snacks, the children consumed more food, both by weight and calories.

Alissa Smethers, a doctoral student in nutritional sciences, said the findings — recently published in