Navigation Links
New study finds familiarity increases the fullness that children expect from snack foods
Date:10/3/2011

New research, led by psychologists at the University of Bristol, has found that children who are familiar with a snack food will expect it to be more filling. This finding, published (online ahead of print) in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is important because it reveals one way in which children over-consume snack foods and increase their risk of becoming overweight.

Children are at risk of obesity due to consumption of energy-rich snack foods that are often high in calories and associated with weight gain. The study aimed to establish whether familiarity with snack foods (i.e. eating them more frequently) would change the children's expectations about fullness.

Dr Charlotte Hardman, one of the authors from the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit in the University's School of Experimental Psychology, said: "We know from previous work with adults that we have beliefs and expectations about how filling foods will be, and these expectations can change. Moreover, 'fullness expectations' are important determinants of meal-size selection, for example foods that are believed to be more filling are selected in smaller portions."

Seventy 11- to 12-year-old children took part in the study. They used a specialised computer task in order to quantify the fullness that they expected from different snack food products. They also reported how frequently they ate the snack foods.

The researchers found that familiarity helps children to predict the fullness that is associated with snack foods, which, in turn, informs appropriate decisions about portion sizes. The team also discovered that children who were infrequent consumers tended to rely on the physical appearance of the food, for example volume, in their judgments about fullness. This strategy would be expected to promote selection of larger portion sizes.

Dr Hardman added: "Presenting children with a wide variety of different snack food products may make it difficult to predict their fullness. Our study suggests that if parents choose to give snack foods to their children, they may wish to stick to the same products."


'/>"/>

Contact: Caroline Clancy
caroline.clancy@bristol.ac.uk
44-117-928-8086
University of Bristol
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Mayo Clinic study: multiple surgeries and anesthesia exposure
2. UNC shares $6 million Leducq award to study heart failure
3. Study shows young adults want to recover from addiction but need help to make it happen
4. Early to bed and early to rise -- study suggests its keeping kids leaner
5. No One Treatment for Acid Reflux Clearly Better Than Another: Study
6. Otherwise Healthy Older Men Undertreated for Prostate Cancer: Study
7. Hepatitis C patients likely to falter in adherence to treatment regimen over time, Penn study shows
8. Computational modeling can help plan vaccine introduction, Pitt study finds
9. Magic Mushroom Compound Triggered Positive Personality Change in Study
10. Weeds are vital to the existence of farmland species, study finds
11. Oral steroids linked to severe vitamin D deficiency in nationwide study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/21/2017)... Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) , ... September 21, ... ... Use Policy , **An FDAnews Management Report**, http://www.fdanews.com/products/54818-promotional-communication      , In the ... every edge they can get while staying in compliance with FDA rules. , ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... WA (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... technology using Microscan’s LVS 7510 at the Global GS1 Healthcare Conference 2017 in ... of the life-sciences industry for ensuring label quality and improving patient safety. ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... FlipBelt, the fitness brand that ... detail to the athletic wear market with the launch of their FlipBelt Crops. , ... their essentials securely at their fingertips while at the gym, on the trail, or ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... FirstAlign ( http://www.firstalign.com ), combines ... Artificial Intelligence (AI) thinking, announced today the launch of its revamped web presence. ... information that offers a more comprehensive understanding of the organization’s business and machine ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... and commercialization, has just released a new white paper discussing the benefits ... than ever about medical device, pharmaceutical, and combination product organizations making sure ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/12/2017)... 2017  Consumer reviews on the independent review site Consumer ... one company for hearing aids, ranking it higher than Miracle ... ... Consumers For Hearing Aids ... an online store that provides high performance, state-of-the-art, German-engineered hearing aids ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... Sept. 9, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... secondary endpoint data for lasmiditan, an investigational, oral, first-in-class ... statistically significant improvements compared to placebo in the Phase ... at the 18th Congress of the International Headache Society ... "The data presented today demonstrate lasmiditan,s potential to reduce ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... NuvoAir (formerly called Pond Healthcare Innovation), the company commercializing ... Pharma AG to distribute NuvoAir,s spirometry technology to physicians worldwide. ... platform and Novartis, commitment to address the unmet medical needs ... ... "We are ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: