The Clean Plate Club – Are You A Member?

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on October 30, 2014 · 0 comments

Brian Wansink, a researcher at the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, recently showed that when adults serve themselves food, 92% routinely eat everything on their plate, regardless of the portion size. Interestingly, only 59% of children clean their plate when they serve themselves.

What does this tell us? Kids instinctively stop eating when they are full unless someone urges them to do otherwise, overriding their natural instincts. As adults, we seem to have lost the wisdom we had as a child to know when we are full and instead eat till the plate is empty.

Wansink believes that simply knowing this information might be enough to make people stop and think the next time they are loading up their plates at a buffet.

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