25 Jun '13, 7pm

How to Talk to Your Kids About Weight

How to Talk to Your Kids About Weight

Every parent wonders how best to talk to their kids about delicate matters like weight. A new study offers some guidance. Overweight or obese teenagers whose mothers discussed healthy eating with them were less likely to skip meals, use diet pills or turn to binge eating to drop pounds, researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis found. But conversations between parents and teens that focused on weight and size rather than health put those adolescents at a greater risk for adopting potentially harmful eating habits, according to the study. “Because adolescence is a time when more youths engage in disordered eating behaviors, it is important for parents to understand what types of conversations may be helpful or harmful,” the authors wrote. The study, which was published in JAMA Pediatrics , analyzed data from two surveys completed by both parents and teenagers ...

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