Effect of Meal Size on Energy Intake

Meal portion sizes have been increasing steadily since the 1970s, in parallel with the increasing prevalence of obesity in society. It is known that portion and meal sizes vary depending on the food source and location of consumption. Not surprisingly, the largest portions consumed are generally those obtained at fast-food restaurants, although the portion sizes of home-cooked meals have been increasing steadily as well. Meal size may thus be contributing to the problem of obesity by leading to a daily total energy intake that is greater than the daily total energy expenditure, resulting in a positive energy balance.

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