Researchers say that these findings can positively
impact an individual's eating behavior.
"Just knowing that you're likely
to consume almost all of what you serve yourself can help you be more
causious of appropriate portion size," they said.
The study analyzed the consumption of 1,179 diners
and found the results were nearly identical in six other developed
countries studied: Canada, France, Taiwan, Korea, Finland and the
"If we serve it, we'll eat it regardless of
gender or nationality," they added.
However, the study noted that finding did not hold
true with children.
The study of 326 participants under 18 years old
revealed that the average child eats only 59 percent of what he or
Researchers explained, it might be because kids are
less certain about whether they will like a particular food.
Regardless, this is good news for parents who are
frustrated that their children don't clean their plate. It appears
few of them do.
The study, led by
Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell
Food and Brand Lab
and Katherine Abowd Johnson, a student at the Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
is to be publized in the International
Journal of Obesity.