Reducing Portion Sizes
Children's portion sizes have gotten bigger over the last 20-30 years. A 5 year old needs about half the amount an adult does.
- Give them smaller portions of food on their plates to start with, and if they want more food, then give it to them.
- If they say they're hungry, offer them something nutritious like fruit and vegetables (for example, an apple or handful of grapes).
- Avoid having fatty and sugary snack foods freely available between and after meals.
- Don’t pressure them to eat all the food on their plate, allow them to stop when they say ‘I’ve had enough’.
- Use plates and cutlery that match their size.
- Look at the proportions of food you offer during the day, they should be roughly:
- One third fruit and veg
- One third starchy foods like bread and potatoes
- One third dairy (milk, cheese and yogurt) and protein (meat and fish).
- Use plates and cutlery that match their size, not yours.
Portion size guidelines
For children 5 years and older:
For children between 1 and 5: