Smart Sized Portions for Children

Smart Sized Portions for Children

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NDR-UK Ref No: 9099
Publication Format: A5 leaflet
Classification: HP  
Pack size: 10
Publication date: 08/15
Next Review: 08/18

Simple information to guide parents/carers of children aged 2-14 years on how to provide appropriate portion sized meals and snacks for a healthy balanced diet. With pictorial portion guides.

Classification: HP (Health Professional)

Advice requires some explanation from a Health Professional who has basic nutrition knowledge to enable correct implementation.

Educate families on age-appropriate food portion sizes. Raise awareness of healthy balanced meals, frequency of snacks and salt content of common foods eaten by children and young people.

The Target Group will be aware how to vary food choices and serving sizes to ensure:

  • Healthy food choices (energy and salt)
  • Age appropriate food portion sizes
  • Frequency of food consumed including snacks and meals
  • Fat, sugar and salt comply with age-appropriate recommendations.

Please note that this publication will be updated with the new Eatwell Guide upon reprint.  For more information on the new Guide and related public health guidance, please visit

Evidence base:

  • J. Shepherd, A. Harden, R. Rees, G. Brunton, J. Garcia, S. Oliver And A. Oakley, Young People And Healthy Eating: A Systematic Review Of Research On Barriers And Facilitators, Health Education Research Theory & Practice Vol.21 No.2 2006 Pages 239–257
  • Evaluation of the Overweight/Obese Child - Practical Tips for the Primary Health Care Provider: Recommendations from the Childhood Obesity Task Force of the European Association for the Study of Obesity; Baker JL, Farpour-Lambert NJ,  Nowicka P, Pietrobelli A , Weiss R: Obesity Facts, 2010, Vol 3, Issue 2,131-137
  • Practitioners' views on managing childhood obesity in primary care: a qualitative study. Turner KM, Shield JPH, Salisbury C; British Journal of General Practice 2009, Vol 59, Issue 568, 856-862
  • Family involvement in the treatment of childhood obesity: the Copenhagen approach; Gronbaek HN,  Madsen SA,  Michaelsen KF: European Journal of Paediatrics 2009, Vol 168, Issue 2, 1437-1447
  • Psychosocial Factors and Health Perceptions in Parents and Children Who Are Overweight or Obese;  O'Neil ME, Shewokis PA, Falkenstein KK, DeLago  CW, Smith SA,  Vaughn NA Costigan TE: Obesity 2010 Vol 18, Issue 8 1558-1565
  • How should risk be communicated to children: a cross-sectional study comparing different formats of probability information;  Ulph F, Townsend  E,  Glazebrook, C: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009, Vol 9
  • Discussing childhood overweight and obesity with parents: a health communication dilemma; Mikhailovich K,  Morrison P. Journal of Child Health Care, 2007 Dec; Issue 11 Vol 4: 311-22
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  • Health information-seeking behaviour in adolescence: the place of the internetSocial; Nicola J. Gray, Jonathan D. Klein, Peter R. Noyce, Tracy S. Sesselberg, Judith A. Cantrill
  • Science & Medicine, Vol 60, Issue 7, April 2005,  1467-1478
  • Follow-up phone calls increase nutrient intake estimated by three-day food diaries in 13-year-old participants of the Raine study;
  • Kathryn D.I. CANDILO, Wendy ODDY, Margaret MILLER, Nick SLOAN,Garth KENDALL, Nicholas D.E. KLERK1
  • The use of mobile phones in dietary assessment in young people with Type 1 diabetes; Donald, H.; Franklin, V.; Greene, S. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, 2009, Vol 22 Issue 3, 256-257
  • BALANCE (Bioengineering Approaches for Lifestyle Activity and Nutrition Continuous Engagement): developing new technology for monitoring energy balance in real time.Hughes, Deonna C Andrew, Adrienne Denning, Tamara
  • Hurvitz, Philip Lester, Jonathan Beresford, Shirley Borriello, Gaetano Bruemmer, Barbara Moudon, Anne Vernez Duncan, Glen E
  • Journal Diabetes Science and Technology 2010, Vol  4, Issue 2429-34
  • Weight loss by mobile phone: a 1-year effectiveness study. Haapala I, Barengo NC, Biggs S, Surakka L, Manninen P; Public Health Nutrition, 2009; Vol. 12,  2382-91 ISSN: 1475-2727
  • National Diet and Nutrition Survey;
  • Headline results from Year 1 of the Rolling Programme (2008/2009) Edited by: Beverley Bates, Alison Lennox, Gillian Swan
  • SIGN guideline 115: Management of Obesity, February 2010
  • NICE Clinical Guideline 43: Guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, Nutrition Requirements for Children In Health, 4th Edition
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