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Dining advice not advised

Parental urge to control children's eating habits can overwhelm natural cues

10:36 PM, Apr. 24, 2013
Experts say parents should model healthy eating behaviors and serve healthy foods rather than telling their children how much to eat.
Experts say parents should model healthy eating behaviors and serve healthy foods rather than telling their children how much to eat.
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Although you might think being a member of the "clean plate club" is something that stops when a child is young, new research suggests that up to two-thirds of parents still encourage teenagers to finish all the food on their plates, even if the teen is overweight.

The study found that the use of controlling food behaviors was common in parents of adolescents, with some parents pressuring their kids to eat more and others pressuring their kids to eat less.

Not surprisingly, restrictive behaviors were more common in parents of children who were overweight or obese, while pressure-to-eat ...

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