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Nutrients 2018, 10(6), 696; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10060696

Differences over 12 Years in Food Portion Size and Association with Excess Body Weight in the City of São Paulo, Brazil

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Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, São Paulo SP 01246-904, Brazil
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Department of Nutrition, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Received: 2 April 2018 / Revised: 24 May 2018 / Accepted: 28 May 2018 / Published: 30 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food Portion Size in Relation to Diet and Health)
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Although changes in Brazilian diet have occurred over the last decades, there is no evidence about differences in food portion sizes (FPS) over time. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the association of FPS with excess body weight (EBW), and to monitor differences in the population from São Paulo, Brazil, from 2003 to 2015. Data came from three cross-sectional population-based studies with 5270 individuals aged ≥12 years in 2003, 2008, and 2015. Dietary data were obtained from 24-h recalls. Logistic regression models were used to evaluate the association between FPS and EBW. Over the years, there was a diverse variation in FPS, with an increase in some groups (white meat, salted snacks, coffee/tea, eggs) and decrease in others (rice, red meat, sweets, pasta, sandwiches, cold cuts). The percentage of people reporting the intake of six food groupings (rice, white meat, sweets, fruits, commercial juices, toasts/biscuits) increased in the period. In this population, EBW was associated with larger FPS of 11 of the 30 food groupings investigated (cold cuts, fried snacks, fruit and commercial juices, pizza, red meat, rice, salted snacks, soft drinks, soups, sugar). These findings could support future interventions and policies for optimal food intake in Brazil. View Full-Text
Keywords: portion size; eating frequency; food intake; energy contribution; diet; obesity; overweight portion size; eating frequency; food intake; energy contribution; diet; obesity; overweight
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Pereira, J.L.; Félix, P.V.; Mattei, J.; Fisberg, R.M. Differences over 12 Years in Food Portion Size and Association with Excess Body Weight in the City of São Paulo, Brazil. Nutrients 2018, 10, 696.

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