Smaller Is Better When It Comes to Kids' Serving Dishes

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_f882eea2eb.jpgolga guzhevnikova/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Smaller bowls may prevent kids from packing on the pounds. Although that seems like logical advice, a lot of parents still give youngsters cereal in bowls that were probably meant for adult consumption. Cornell researchers Brian Wansink, Koert van Ittersum and Collin Payne tested their theory by having sweetened cereal poured into eight- and 16-ounce bowls and then giving preschoolers the option of saying when enough was enough.

The result? Kids with the bigger bowls requested 87 percent more food.

A second study of youngsters 6 to 10 years old pretty much delivered the same outcome by asking for 69 percent more cereal when using the larger bowls. In the meantime, those who ate bigger portions also typically wasted more food.

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