New research in the US suggests young children are more greatly affected by portion sizes than previously anticipated. Scientists from Pennsylvania State University conducted a study among preschool children aged between three and five years old. First, they were served a baseline portion; then, in the other period, all the portions were increased by 50%. The results indicate that increasing the portion size led to higher levels of consumption by both weight and energy. The research suggests that previous thinking that young children will self-regulate their consumption until they have simply had enough food, could be wrong.
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