Controlling Portion Size Of Food For Preschoolers Affects Health

Unhealthy eating habits and diets is definitely highly affecting our community in negative means. Such habits are more occurring between younger humans which causes a negative reaction of their bodies throughout their childhood with a larger effect in the future.

A recent study conducted on the diet in children has shown that adding bigger portions of food to preschoolers will actually encourage them to eat more. This reflects the importance of conducting a healthy diet plan for your children from an early stage as it will definitely be reflected in his whole life.

The study conducted by a team of researchers from Penn State, focused on observing the reaction of children (ages 3 – 5) towards different portions of food provided. The main expected results showed that humans tend to eat more when more and more food is served. This study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Alissa Smenthers who is a student in nutritional sciences.

Alissa commented on her results saying, “It’s hard to define portions that are appropriate for all preschoolers, since their calorie requirements vary due to differences in height, weight and activity level. But it’s a good idea to look at the proportions of different foods you’re serving, with fruits and vegetables filling up half the plate and with smaller portions of more calorie-dense foods, as recommended in the USDA MyPlate nutrition guide.”

In order to provide a healthier lifestyle to your children you should control the portions of food being provided to them.