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What determines real-world meal size? Evidence for pre-meal planning

Fay, Stephanie H., Ferriday, Danielle, Hinton, Elanor C., Shakeshaft, Nicholas G., Rogers, Peter J., & Brunstrom, Jeffrey M. (2011) What determines real-world meal size? Evidence for pre-meal planning. Appetite, 56(2), pp. 284-289.

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Abstract

The customary approach to the study of meal size suggests that ‘events’ occurring during a meal lead to its termination. Recent research, however, suggests that a number of decisions are made before eating commences that may affect meal size. The present study sought to address three key research questions around meal size: the extent to which plate cleaning occurs; prevalence of pre-meal planning and its influence on meal size; and the effect of within-meal experiences, notably the development of satiation. To address these, a large-cohort internet-based questionnaire was developed. Results showed that plate cleaning occurred at 91% of meals, and was planned from the outset in 92% of these cases. A significant relationship between plate cleaning and meal planning was observed. Pre meal plans were resistant to modification over the course of the meal: only 18% of participants reported consumption that deviated from expected. By contrast, 28% reported continuing eating beyond satiation, and 57% stated that they could have eaten more at the end of the meal. Logistic regression confirmed pre-meal planning as the most important predictor of consumption. Together, our findings demonstrate the importance of meal planning as a key determinant of meal size and energy intake.

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ID Code: 46762
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: meal-size, planning, satiation, satiety, plate cleaning, portion size, appetite
DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.01.006
ISSN: 0195-6663
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Appetite>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in PUBLICATION, [VOL 56(2),(2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.01.006
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2011 07:59
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 09:51

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