Portion size markings on snack packaging influence how much people eat

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November 18, 2020
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Men eat fewer crisps and women eat fewer chocolate biscuits when portion sizes are clearly marked on packaging, according to new research by the ESRI’s Behavioural Research Unit. The researchers conducted two controlled behavioural experiments to test this.