According to a new study on childhood obesity, when it comes to the size of kids’ lunch plate, size does matter. Among 2nd graders who served themselves lunch, those using bigger plates served themselves approximately 90 calories more on average than those using the smaller plates and bowls, about 80% of the time. The kids served themselves an average 239 calories more on days when offered a one piece food, such as nuggets for lunch, rather than a shapeless meal like pasta. Since it is generally recommended that children serve themselves at mealtimes, researchers suggested that using smaller dishware at home may be a good strategy to achieve more appropriate kid-portion sizes.

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