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New research says a simple, easy way to help people who over-eat is to use smaller plates, knives, forks, and glasses. This is instead of going on a diet. Many people use their plate as a guide. If they use a large plate, they fill it with food. This means they eat too much. Cambridge University says British people could cut their calories by up to 16 per cent, while Americans could cut theirs by up to 29 per cent.



The researchers looked at a lot of data. Dr Gareth Hollands said there was not a lot of research on portion sizes and how much people eat. He added that it was wrong to think that people who ate too much had no self-control. Restaurants and shops can help people to stop over-eating by using smaller plates. People should also do this at home. This is a good way of helping lots of people to stop eating too much.

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Sources
  • http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breakingnews/offbeat/smaller-tableware-could-help-reduce-overeating-and-obesity-31525875.html
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-stop-overeating-starting-plates-cut-over-500-calories-day-using-smaller-tableware-352484
  • http://www.webmd.boots.com/diet/news/20150914/smaller-plates-tackle-obesity


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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a simple, easy

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of going on a diet

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use

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eat too much

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This is instead

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way to help people

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Many people use their plate as

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their calories

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If they use a large plate,

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to 29 per cent

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This means they

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smaller plates

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people could cut

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they fill it with food

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by up

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a guide



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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The researchers looked

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think that

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there was not a lot

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too much

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it was wrong to

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this at home

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no self-

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of research

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stop over-eating by

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helping lots of people

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People should also do

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control

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This is a good way of

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at a lot of data

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stop eating

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using smaller plates

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

New research (1) ___________________ way to help people who over-(2) ___________________ smaller plates, knives, forks, and glasses. (3) ___________________ going on a diet. Many people use their plate as a guide. If they use a large plate, (4) ___________________ food. This means they eat too much. Cambridge University says British people (5) ___________________ calories by up to 16 per cent, while Americans could cut (6) ___________________ 29 per cent.

The researchers looked (7) ___________________. Dr Gareth Hollands said there (8) ___________________ research on portion sizes and how (9) ___________________. He added that it was wrong to think that people (10) ___________________ had no self-control. Restaurants and shops can help people to stop over-(11) ___________________ smaller plates. People should also do this at home. This is (12) ___________________ helping lots of people to stop eating too much.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Newresearchsaysasimple,easywaytohelppeoplewhoover-eatis
tousesmallerplates,knives,forks,andglasses.Thisisinsteadofgoingo
nadiet.Manypeopleusetheirplateasaguide.Iftheyusealargeplate,the
yfillitwithfood.Thismeanstheyeattoomuch.CambridgeUniversitysay
sBritishpeoplecouldcuttheircaloriesbyupto16percent,whileAmerica
nscouldcuttheirsbyupto29percent.Theresearcherslookedatalotofda
ta.DrGarethHollandssaidtherewasnotalotofresearchonportionsizes
andhowmuchpeopleeat.Headdedthatitwaswrongtothinkthatpeople
whoatetoomuchhadnoself-control.Restaurantsandshopscanhelp
peopletostopover-eatingbyusingsmallerplates.Peopleshouldalsodo
thisathome.Thisisagoodwayofhelpinglotsofpeopletostopeatingtoo
much.

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