What role does tableware size play in energy consumption of children and adults?

  • Isabelle MackEmail author
  • Martin Teufel
  • Paul Enck
Letter to the Editor
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  1. Sleep and Eating and Weight disorders

In our recent article [1], we reported a novel analysis of the perceptions of tableware size in households of children and adolescents with obesity in comparison to participants with normal-weight matched for age and gender. At the time of the study, the influence of tableware on food intake was uncertain in adults and even more so in children, due to a lack of studies. Many articles in the field have been published by the group affiliated with Prof. Brian Wansink from Cornell University, which overall support the idea that larger package and/or dishware size leads to an increased intake of food portions. Brian Wansink resigned in 2018 after the university had found academic misconduct in several cases and more than 15 articles published in renowned and internationally peer-reviewed journals have been retracted since then.

In our manuscript, 10 of the 43 citations refer to the Wansink group, highlighting the influence of this group in the field. Two of the papers cited were retracted [



This study was funded by grants from the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung, Bad Homburg, Germany (2011_A135). I.M. received a grant from the Ministry of Science Baden-Württemberg and the European Social Fund.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyUniversity Medical Hospital TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, LVR-University HospitalUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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