A new study says smaller meal portions
can be promoted by offering a small
incentive to children and adults.
The concept of Happy Meal, adding a small reward with smaller portion, is as enticing as the larger meal. Researchers from University of Arizona and Southern California conducted MRI scans and found that the brain gives a similar response to smaller meals accompanied with a reward just like it does to a larger meal with no reward. In a study, adults and children preferred smaller meal with incentive over a larger meal without any incentive, the price of the two was the same. Scientists also discovered that the same portion of brain, i.e. striatum (associated with reward, desire, and motivation), is activated as the full sized portion. Mere thought of getting an uncertain prize is quite motivating. Non-food/Substitute rewards are as satisfying as food items. Such rewards can help in discouraging unhealthy eating. Other helpful strategies include using smaller plates and installing mirrors in the eating place also help in avoiding overeating.
Source: Medical News Today