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22 November 2010

Mealtime tactics tied to kids' eating habits

School-age children whose mothers tightly control their diets may be prone to overeating, while those with moms who pressure them to eat tend to be fussy about food.

School-age children whose mothers tightly control their diets may be prone to overeating, while those with moms who pressure them to eat tend to be fussy about food, a new study shows.

A number of studies have found that when parents strictly control their children's diets - either denying all unhealthy food or pressuring them to expand their menu choices - kids may be more likely to have less-than-ideal eating habits. But it has not been clear whether parents' tactics are a cause of or response to their children's dining habits.

 
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