Faculty Publications

Title

Use of Portion Size Estimation Aids for High-Energy-Dense Snack Foods Increases Portion Size Estimation Accuracy in College Students

Document Type

Article

Keywords

college students, curriculum, education, nutrition, nutrition education, obesity, physical health, portion size, portion size estimation aids, portion size measurement aids, well-being

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Topics in Clinical Nutrition

Volume

32

Issue

1

First Page

87

Last Page

103

Abstract

This study examined the impact of an intervention designed to teach young adults appropriate portion sizes for savory/sweet snack foods using hand gestures, such as handfuls, as portion size estimation aids. Results indicate that participants who received the intervention, relative to those who did not, became much more accurate in their ability to estimate portion sizes; these positive effects were still present several months after the intervention. Hand gestures may be useful aids for young adults to gauge portion sizes of high-energy-dense snack food because they provide a reference point for an appropriate amount, require no tools, and are easy to remember.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2017

DOI of published version

10.1097/TIN.0000000000000088

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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