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Dr Tanja Harrison and Seóna Dunne, from the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition, are conducting the study to find out whether a specifically designed plate can aid weight loss.

Dr Harrison explained: “Previous research studies have shown that both the shape and the colour of crockery have an impact of appetite and appetite regulation.

“Our study will test whether this is a method to aid people in weight loss by means of portion control and reduction of energy intake.”

The tool in this particular study is an ellipse-shaped plate, which comes in two colours, red and blue.

Dr Harrison said: “Eligible applicants will be invited into the labs at the University, where their measurements will be taken. They’ll then be asked to complete a couple of online questionnaires – one of which will be based around their diet over the past 12 months.”

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups, one of which will be a control group. This group will complete all the tests and diaries but will not receive the portion size control tool. However, they will be offered a consultation with a registered nutritionist at the end of the study instead.

Those allocated to one of the two other groups will asked to use the portion control tool and to keep a food log of their eating habits.

Participants will be invited back to the laboratories around eight weeks after the start of the trial to have their measurements taken again.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, contact

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