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Influence of nutrition labelling on food portion size consumption

McCann, Mary T., Wallace, Julie M. W., Robson, Paula J., Rennie, Kirsten L., McCaffrey, Tracy, Welch, RW and Livingstone, M. Barbara E. (2013) Influence of nutrition labelling on food portion size consumption. Appetite, 65 . pp. 153-158. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666313000718

DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.02.013


Nutrition labelling is an important strategic approach for encouraging consumers to make healthier food choices. The availability of highly palatable foods labelled as ‘low fat or reduced calorie’ may encourage the over-consumption of these products. This study aimed to determine whether the manipulation of nutrition labelling information can influence food portion size consumption. Normal and overweight men (n=24) and women (n=23) were served an identical lunch meal on 3 separate days, but the information they received prior to consuming the lunch meal was manipulated as follows: “baseline”, “high fat/energy” and “low fat/energy”. Food and energy intake was significantly increased in the low fat/energy condition compared with both baseline and the high fat/energy condition. An additional 3% (162 kJ) energy was consumed by subjects under the low fat/energy condition compared to baseline. No differences were observed between the baseline and high fat/energy condition. Subjects who consumed most in the low fat/energy condition were found to be mostly men, to have a higher BMI and to be overweight. Low fat/energy information can positively influence food and energy intake, suggesting that foods labelled as ‘low fat’ or ‘low calorie’ may be one factor promoting the consumption of large food portions.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Portion size; Energy Intake; Obesity; Nutrition Labelling
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:27226
Deposited By: Dr Mary McCann
Deposited On:24 Sep 2013 09:10
Last Modified:24 Sep 2013 09:10

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