Use Psychology to Lose
Weight - Dieters Can Learn From This Study - Smaller Portions Can
Translate To Smaller Meals
July 30th 2006
Researchers from Pennsylvania say that a meal size has a lot to do with
psychology. The size may depend on the size of the plate or package or
what is served. This may help explain how culture has a lot to do with
For instance, in France the food package size of yogurt is a little over
half-the-size of the American counterparts. The researchers say that
the French don’t eat two packages of food; they just accept the one
package as the size of a meal.
The researchers used environmental cues to manipulate people’s ideas of
how big a food unit is. They put a bowl of M&Ms on a table of an
upscale apartment building with a sign that read “Eat Your Fill. Please
use the spoon to serve yourself." They varied the size of the spoon
from a quarter cup to a tablespoon.