2 easy tips on watching what you eat

Did you know that you’re likely to eat less if you use a smaller plate at those eating fests?

You’ve probably heard the expression, “My eyes were bigger than my stomach.” Buffets and family reunions get me every time. I mean, how can you pass up Aunt Mable’s fried pies or Mom’s potato salad? But did you know that you’re likely to eat less if you use a smaller plate at those eating fests?

A new study proves the same thing is true for kids. A study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that first-graders given adult-sized plates helped themselves to more food. Researchers found that in addition to the bigger plates, allowing kids to serve themselves also led to them taking bigger servings. The study proved the value of knowing what a “normal” portion size looks like. That is a learned behavior, so don’t count on restaurants to teach us what normal is. Remember, we live in a “biggie-sized” world.

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 17 percent of children ages 2 to 19 are obese. Obese kids are more likely to become obese adults. Obesity among adults is more like every one out of three! We know that obesity is tied to lots of diseases. Getting control of the obesity epidemic requires changing habits. So how about the next time you set the table, use smaller plates. And for dinner conversation, talk about how to judge a normal portion size. I found a good lesson on that at this website:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/eat-right/distortion.htm


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