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Monday, August 24, 2015

Parent and teen weight relate to feeding practices


"The problem with restricting food from a child or pressuring a child to eat more is that prior research has shown that it may have unintended consequences such as, a child becoming overweight or obese, or engaging in disordered eating behaviors such as, binging or purging," Berge said.

"Rather than restricting or pressuring your child to eat, it is more helpful for parents to make sure that there are a variety of healthy food options in the home, or on the table, for children to eat and then allow the child to decide how much they eat," she said.

Having unhealthy food in the fridge and on the table and telling a teen they cannot eat it is not helpful and sets up food fights, Collins said.

But keeping unhealthy food out of the house in the first place does work and helps keep harmony in your house, she said.

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