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ERIC Number: EJ863670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Supersizing: Portion Confusion among College Students
Sealey-Potts, Claudia; Alfaro, Veronica; Horine, Suzanne; Kallus, Kelli
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v101 n2 p18-22 2009
The phrase "bigger is better" has become a common theme among Americans. The purpose of this study was to assess college students' portions and perception of recommended serving sizes of specific foods and beverages and to describe relationships of outcomes with body mass index and demographic variables. The findings indicated that students had a distorted view of food portions as compared to USDA's reference values. Positive correlations were found between participants' BMIs and portions of foods selected. Formal nutrition education was not a determinant of outcomes; as such, family and consumer sciences educators should use a more hands-on, illustrative approach when teaching portions and serving sizes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas