By On September 8th, 2006

Ample Food Portions Beguile College Students’ Eyes

According to Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Ph.D., R.D., of Rutgers University and colleagues in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, overeating in college students may very well be linked to the portion sizes they are served in buffet style food courts at universities. The research found that students are eating much larger portions of food than college students did in 1984. Researches of the study theorize that this is true of the average American as well. With portion sizes being 3 to 4 times larger than an appropriate meal serving at most restaurants, Americans may perceive that these size portions are average. This misperception could be causing college students and Americans in general to be cooking meals at home for their families that are well beyond a one unit serving. Below is an excerpt of the article:

The study involved 177 college students (75% women). In 2003, participants were asked to serve themselves typical portions of eight foods at breakfast, including cereal, toast, and orange juice, or six foods at lunch or dinner, including tuna salad, tossed salad, and soda. The portions selected were weighed and compared with results of the 1984 study.

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