Plate size matters in kids' health: Temple study

A Temple University study suggests kids are at greater risk of being overweight if they use adult-size dishware.

A Temple University study says plate size matters when it comes to children's eating habits. A Temple University study says plate size matters when it comes to children's eating habits.

 

A Temple University study suggests kids are at greater risk of being overweight if they use adult-size dishware.

 

The study, published in the latest edition of medical journal Pediatrics, concluded that children using larger plates and bowls served themselves more food and ate 50 percent of the calories they had dished out.

 

Each extra calorie served caused a 0.43-kcal increase in total energy intake at lunch.

 

Temple researchers analyzed the eating habits of 42 first-grade students in the study. Half of the students used plates and bowls twice as big as those used by their peers.

 
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