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Larger-sized portions, packages and tableware lead to higher consumption of food and drink, Cochrane review finds

A systematic evidence review by researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Behaviour and Health Research Unit, investigates the influence of portion, package and tableware size on food consumption.

The evidence combined results from 61 high quality studies, capturing data from 6,711 participants. The conclusion of the review is that people consume more food or non-alcoholic drinks when offered larger sized portions or when they use larger items of tableware. This result suggests that if sustained reductions in exposure to large sizes could be achieved across the whole diet, this could reduce average daily energy consumed from food by 12% to 16% among adults in the UK.

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30 Sep 2015