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Eating Pressures Discussed In Today's Health Minute

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 4/28/2013 While growing up, many of us may have heard the phrases, "clean your plate" or "no' you can't have candy." But how exactly do these parental attitudes towards food affect a child's weight? Here's Elizabeth Corridan with today's Health Minute. A new study out of the University of Mnnesota ha found a lot of parents deny their children certain foods, or force them to clean their plates. But data has also shown these practices may be causing weight issues in their kids. The study found parents who restricted certain foods, such as candy or junk food, wre more likely to have overweight or obese children. And those parents who pressured their children to eat everythingat ameal, had youngsters who were not overweight, but did show signs of eating and weight problems later in life. Researchers also found dads were more likely than moms to pressure their sons and daughters to eat and adolescent boys were pressured more than adolescent girls. The data also showed restricting food fromkids was a common practice of both fathers and mothers, in both boys and girls. Investigators believe parents should keep an eye on their child's weight and understand good eatng practices, instead ofworrying aboutwhether their kids clean their plates or have a cookie now and then. They recommend such practices as eating regular family meals, having nutricious snacks at home, choosing healthy foods and encouraging young people to make better food choices as a way to fight weight problems.
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