Clean Plate Club: How Much Do We Really Eat?

the MPR take:

How much do we typically eat from our plates when we serve ourselves? An aggregate analysis of 14 studies, published in the International Journal of Obesity, showed that adults eat 91.7% of the food that they serve themselves (92.8% for meals, 76.1% for snacks). Although previous research has indicated that adults are more likely to eat more if they are also engaging in distracting activities (such as watching television), this was not seen in the study. In fact, the adults ate more of the food when they were not distracted (97.1%) compared to if they were distracted (91.9%). When the food served was unhealthy, participants ate on average only 81% of the food. In the fight against obesity, eating with others or eating while watching television may actually become strategies for food intake modification.

Do We Really "Clean Our Plate" When We Serve Ourselves?
Do We Really "Clean Our Plate" When We Serve Ourselves?

You snap up a plate and eagerly start piling on your favorite food item. For the paper, published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers examined 14 studies that looked at how much of the food on their plates people actually ate. It turns out study participants consumed 92 percent, on average, of what was before them.

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