Researchers: Smaller Plates Could Help Childhood Obesity

Created: 04/09/2013 8:31 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

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Size does matter when it comes to curbing childhood obesity, according to researchers.

They say give kids a smaller plate and they'll likely eat less. The Center for Obesity Research and Education tested this theory with kids in two first-grade classrooms.

According research published in the journal Pediatrics, first-graders served themselves more and downed more calories when they used a large plate instead of a smaller one.

The children were offered two different-sized plates over the course of eight lunches.