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New study indicates food restriction less effective in controlling childhood obesity

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

A new study conducted at the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University looked at childrens' self control (inhibitory control), food restrictions and weight gain.

In general, they found that the combination of high parental restriction and low self-control put girls at the highest risk for weight gain among the group studied.

So what does this mean to us parents.  It is better to help children learn better self control habits instead of restricting foods.

Here are some tips on helping kids eat healthier:

  • first, kids need to be involved
  • teach kids what healthy foods are
  • let them choose which healthy foods they would like to eat
  • it is best not to forbid your child from eating certain foods because that will only make them want it more
  • it is better not to bring junk food in the house so it won't be tempting for the family
  • work together as a family to eat healthier, it is too hard on the child when he/she is singled out
  • keep it positive
Start with small goals so kids can feel successful even with small changes.  Be patient, it can take a little time to change habits and replace them with new habits.


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