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Research Letter
October 2018

Association of Plate Design With Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables Among Preschool Children

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Denver, Denver
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(10):982-983. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1915

Children in the United States do not consume enough fruits and vegetables.1 One potential approach to change health behaviors such as fruit and vegetable consumption is to change the decision environment to make certain behavior more likely without altering incentives.2,3 For example, placing pictures of fruits and vegetables on lunch trays is associated with an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption among school-aged children.4 This potentially powerful intervention, however, has not been explored among children in early childhood (3-8 years of age), and dietary behavior during this period can be associated with life-long dietary practices.5 This study addresses this gap and tests the association between use of plates with fruit and vegetable pictures and consumption of fruits and vegetables among preschool children between 3 and 5 years of age.