Analysis of the Cochrane Review: Portion, Package or Tableware Size for Changing Selection and Consumption of Food, Alcohol and Tobacco. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;09: CD011045.

Gonçalo S. Duarte, Filipe Brogueira Rodrigues, João Costa, António Vaz-Carneiro


Some of the main causes of mortality and morbidity among the developed countries – such as the cardiovascular, neurological
and oncologic diseases – are deeply associated with modifiable risk factors. Primordial/primary prevention strategies that alter our environment can have an impact on these risk factors. The authors of this Cochrane systematic review sought evidence from randomized controlled trials to study the effect of the size of portions, packages, dishes and cups, as well as their respective formats, on the consumption and selection of food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. Overall, this review concludes that the choice of larger portions results in an increased consumption in food, non-alcoholic beverages and tobacco.


Alcohol Drinking; Cooking and Eating Utensils; Eating; Food Preferences; Portion Size; Product Packaging; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Smoking.

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