Americans use larger dishware than they did in past decades. Studies have shown that children eat more when served more, but will using larger plates and bowls result in children serving themselves more and therefore consuming more food?
Study authors also noted that children served themselves more fruit, but did not serve themselves more vegetables when using larger dishes. Even though the majority of children served themselves larger portions with adult-size dishes, child BMI
, age, gender or weight did not play a significant role in the study results.
Authors conclude that encouraging parents to use smaller dishware at home can be an effective strategy in controlling age-appropriate portion size
and intake during meals.