Portion, package or tableware size for changing selection and consumption of food

This Cochrane review provides the most conclusive evidence to date that acting to reduce the size, availability and appeal of larger-sized portions, packages and tableware has potential to reduce the quantities of food that people select and consume by meaningful amounts.

This review included 72 randomised controlled trails. The average age of participants in the different studies ranged from 3 to 55 years, and more studies involved adults than children with most being conducted in the USA.

It found that people consistently consume more food and drink when offered larger-sized portions, packages or tableware than when offered smaller-sized versions. This suggests that policies and practices that successfully reduce the size, availability and appeal of larger-sized portions, packages, individual units and tableware can contribute to meaningful reductions in the quantities of food (including non-alcoholic beverages) people select and consume in the immediate and short term.

 

Posted: 30/09/2015 09:57:42 by Laura Keaver


 

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