When it comes to food, toddlers have more self control than adults

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When it Comes to Food, Toddlers Have More Self Control Than Adults

We may hate it when kids play with their food, but we should probably all be turning to them for tips on portion control.

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According to new research, children are actually the only people who won't overeat.

Up until three or four years old, kids have enough control to stop eating when they're actually full.

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When it comes to food, toddlers have more self control than adults

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For the study, they served 3-year-olds different-sized portions of macaroni and cheese.

It turns out they'll eat roughly the same amount every single time, no matter how much they're given.

But try the same test on 5-year-olds, and the amount they eat increases as the portion does.

Lack of control when eating, matched with oversized tableware, is partially to blame for why we're all eating way too much.

Since the 1950s, plate sizes have increased by at least an inch. Because the difference in sizes doesn't look like much, we still think we're consuming the same amount, but we're not.

For example, the recommended serving for potatoes is the same size as a computer mouse.
Meanwhile, for lean meat, it's a deck of cards.

However, where we overdo it the most is when it comes to carbs. A recommended pasta or rice portion is only the size of a tennis ball!

Not only that, but with cheese, we're only supposed to consume an amount equivalent to a matchbox.
But let's be honest. If you're only allowed to eat a tennis ball-sized portion of lasagna — with a side of cheese fit for a mouse — why bother?

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