New findings from the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (June 2016) reveal that overweight and obese women not only misjudge their own portion sizes but also overestimate portions when dishing up at mealtime for their children. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida looked at these patterns for women with children between the ages of 3 to 6 years. The women in the study were asked to judge their child’s level of hunger, and the research team then also measured the resulting portions that the women dished for their children.
Women in the study who were overweight or obese not only were found to misjudge their own levels of hunger, but were also found to overestimate their child’s level of hunger. Portions dished for these children were greater as a result. Prior research tells us that young children in general are not as able to properly gauge fullness, further increasing risk for weight issues if portions provided are in excess. This new study may point to a need for improved education for moms regarding appropriate portion sizes both for their own and their child’s portions, in establishing a lifetime of healthy eating habits for the entire family.
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Source: June 2016, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics