At ease, fast food purveyors, junk food manufacturers, and point-of-sale lolly vendors of all stripes. The Public Health Industry has cracked the childhood obesity code, and the problem is … big plates:
DISHING up your child’s dinner on an adult-sized plate causes portion distortion and could prompt youngsters to over-eat.
Research found 80 per cent of children ate more when serving themselves on full-sized plates
“Portion distortion”. God, that has a ring to it, doesn’t it? It beats even “pester power” as a catchy call for the government to come and solve all our problems. And a problem it is, because heartless ceramics manufacturers keep pushing ever bigger plates on an unsuspecting populace:
Nutritionist Susie Burrell said plates had increased significantly in size over the last two decades, causing portion size confusion.
The Prick would love to see the evidence to back this assertion. Having grown up in the US and returned regularly over the past decade, I can’t recall ever thinking plates were somehow larger than when I was a child. But apparently there’s a Big Plate conspiracy to embiggen our children.
Nat Swan serves son Beau from a toddler-sized bowl. The 11-month-old, who eats healthily, lets his mum know when he has had enough.
Apart from toddler bowls, she has only seen child-sized plates with portion details online: “They are not readily available.”
Let’s see: Mum serves toddler. Toddler indicates fullness. And Ms Swan needs a plate with “portion details” to take the guesswork out of this?
Of course she does. And “nutritionists” like Burrell, and an army of academics, legislators, bureaucrats, and journalists are surely itching to make sure she gets them.