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Publication name: Exploration of Adult Food Portion Size Tools
Date: 02 May 2008
Description: The purpose of the current research was to explore the theoretical basis for the development of quantitative guidance for adults and to ascertain perceived desirability and practical communication issues surrounding the use of such guidance. The specific objectives were as follows:
1. To review the basis for quantitative guidance used in the design of healthy eating communications (national food guides) and the resulting products (graphical depiction and additional information) and to identify the potential impact of communicating quantitative portion guidance on dietary understanding and behaviour.
2. To assess consumer and health professional perceptions on the need for a portion size tool and views on the type and amount of portion size guidance in order to identify priorities for communication.
3. To assess experiences of dietary communications in order to identify communication formats, messages and limits.
4. To make recommendations (specifications) for the design of a portion size resource.
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