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Smaller plates help reduce obesity






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New research says there is a simple, easy way to help people who over-eat. It is an alternative to fancy diets. Researchers say that using smaller plates, knives, forks, glasses, etc. could reduce the amount of food we eat. Many of us use the size of the plate as a guide to how much we can eat. If we use a large plate, we fill the plate with food. This means we eat too much. Cambridge University in the U.K. says smaller plates could reduce the amount of food we eat. British people could cut their calories by up to 16 per cent, while Americans could see a reduction of up to 29 per cent.

The researchers looked at data from 6,711 people. Dr Gareth Hollands said many people think it is, "obvious that the larger the portion size, the more people eat," but said that there was little research on this. He added that it was wrong to think that people who ate too much had little self-control. He said: "Helping people to avoid 'over-serving' themselves or others with larger portions of food or drink by reducing their size…in shops, restaurants and in the home, is likely to be a good way of helping lots of people to reduce their risk of overeating."

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