It’s important to teach kids to eat healthy early on; a recent study on suggests that you can start by giving children smaller plates.

Researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia observed how 42 first-grade students ate in school. Some were given child-size plates, while others were given adult-size plates. All were asked to serve themselves an entree and side dishes.

Results showed that those with adult-size plates piled themselves with more food than those who had smaller plates. Co-author and professor of public health Jennifer Orlet Fisher explains, "We know large portions have a pretty consistent effect in making kids eat more than they would if the portion sizes were smaller. It really seems that offering kids smaller plates could actually be potentially helpful in keeping portion size in check and maybe appetite in check."

It's important to note though that plate size isn't the only factor in keeping a child's weight healthy. The kind of food that they consume also matters a great deal. Parents should teach their kids to eat right at a young age. Exposing their palates to tasty yet nutritious dishes can help increase their appreciation towards healthier options. Making them baon instead of letting them buy lunch during school days can also help keep what they eat in check.

(Photo by martineno via Flickr Creative Commons)

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