Parents Can Sway Kids' Eating Habits
How parents talk to their children about healthy eating affects kids' future eating habits, according to researchers who studied survey data on about 2,300 adolescents and 3,500 parents. Children whose parents focused on weight loss—saying the child weighed too much, telling him or her to lose weight, and so on—were more likely to have eating disorders such as binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia. But when parents discussed healthy eating in general—say, telling children that eating their veggies was good for their health—their kids were less likely to have disordered eating behaviors.
Source: JAMA Pediatrics, published online June 24, 2013