publication . Article . Other literature type . 2007

Eating in larger groups increases food consumption

Lumeng, Julie C; Hillman, Katherine H;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 May 2007
  • Publisher: BMJ
Objective: To determine whether children’s food consumption is increased by the size of the group of children in which they are eating. Design: Crossover study. Setting: University based preschool. Participants: 54 children, aged 2.5–6.5 years. Interventions: Each child ate a standardised snack in a group of three children, and in a group of nine children. Main outcome measures: Amount each individual child consumed, in grams. Results: Amount eaten and snack duration were correlated (r = 0.71). The association between group size and amount eaten differed in the short ( Conclusions: Children consumed 30% more food when eating in a group of nine children than when...
Medical Subject Headings: digestive, oral, and skin physiology
free text keywords: Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Original Article
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