Extraverted Children are More Biased by Bowl Sizes than Introverts
PloS One 8.10 (2013)
12 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2013
Extraverted children are hypothesized to be most at risk for over-serving and overeating due to environmental cues – such as the size of dinnerware. A within-subject field study of elementary school students found that extraverted children served themselves 33.1% more cereal in larger bowls than in smaller bowls, whereas introverted children were unaffected by bowl size (5.6%, ns). However, when children were asked by adults how much cereal they wanted to eat, both extraverted and introverted children requested more cereal when given a large versus small bowl. Insofar as extraverted children appear to be more biased by environmental cues, this pilot study study suggests different serving styles are recommended for parents and other caregivers. They should serve extraverts, but allow introverts to serve themselves.
Keywords: eeding relationship, overeating, environmental cues, eating behavior, pediatric obesity, personality
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