It appears to be true for people of all sizes and educational levels: When we are presented with larger portions, we eat more…sometimes 30 to 50 percent more, according to research presented in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
Is it the revenge of the clean plate club that makes us eat more when served larger servings? The authors of this review offer two other explanations:
2. All of us—not just those who are overweight—tend to underestimate how much more we are really eating when we are served large portions. The problem, say experts, is the size of the meal, not the size of the person.The answer, say these researchers, is to eliminate large packages, large dinnerware and large servings from our environment. Buy food in smaller packages or divide bargain sizes into individual serving sizes when you get home. Order two appetizers instead of a full dinner at a restaurant. Replace larger dishes at home with smaller sizes.