Child and adult snack food intake

Researchers in Australia used a large (n=1299) population-based cohort to investigate child and adult snack food intake in response to pre-packaged snack item quantity/variety and snack box size. The children and parents were given a snack box containing non-perishable items such as crackers, cheese, a muesli bar, biscuits, a tub of peaches and chocolate. The size and item quantity/variety of snack boxes given to participants varied by: (1) small box, few items, (2) large box, few items, (3) small box, more items, (4) large box, more items.

The results showed that children who were offered a greater quantity and variety of snack items consumed considerably more energy and slightly higher food mass. In contrast, manipulating box size had little effect on child consumption, and neither box size nor quantity/variety of items consistently affected adults' cosumption.

Researchers concluded that more attention and resources should be directed towards offering children smaller amounts of food and, specifically, fewer and less variety of energy-dense foods and pre-packaged items. Interventions should not solely invest in reducing dishware size in the expectation that this will lead to reduced intake of snack foods.

Posted: 01/08/2019 12:41:05 by Deirdre Brennan
Filed under: energy intake, obesity, Snacks


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