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Container size influences snack food intake independently of portion size.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22306436     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
While larger containers have been found to increase food intake, it is unclear whether this effect is driven by container size, portion size, or their combination, as these variables are usually confounded. The study was advertised as examining the effects of snack food consumption on information processing and participants were served M&M's for free consumption in individual cubicles while watching a TV show. Participants were served (1) a medium portion of M&M's in a small (n=30) or (2) in a large container (n=29), or (3) a large portion in a large container (n=29). The larger container increased intake by 129% (199 kcal) despite holding portion size constant, while controlling for different confounding variables. This research suggests that larger containers stimulate food intake over and above their impact on portion size.
David Marchiori; Olivier Corneille; Olivier Klein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-01-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1095-8304     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-30     Completed Date:  2012-09-19     Revised Date:  2012-10-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  814-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Social Psychology Unit, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 122, 50, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Diet / psychology*
Dietary Sucrose / administration & dosage
Eating / psychology*
Energy Intake*
Food Packaging*
Food Preferences / psychology*
Size Perception*
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Sucrose
Erratum In:
Appetite. 2012 Oct;59(2):616

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