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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Super-size me: Portion size effects on young children's eating)

item Fisher, Jennifer
item Kral, Tanja V

Submitted to: Physiology and Behavior
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/15/2007
Publication Date: 4/22/2008
Citation: Fisher, J.O., Kral, T.E. 2008. Super-size me: Portion size effects on young children's eating. Physiology and Behavior. 94(1):39-47.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Large portions of energy-dense foods are believed to favor obesity-promoting eating behaviors in young children. The following review presents evidence on food portion size effects on children's eating behavior and eating regulation, with comparison of findings to adult studies of portion size. Individual differences in children's susceptibility to portion size, particularly associations with weight status, are addressed. Finally, potential mechanisms of effects and strategies to offset the intake promoting effects of portion size are considered.

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