Parental Approach to Feeding Kids Related Their Weight

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (CNN) - Denying certain foods to children or pressuring them to eat every bit of a meal are common practices among many parents.

But researchers at the University of Minnesota found parents who restricted foods were more likely to have overweight or obese children, and while those who pressured kids to eat all of their meals mostly had children of normal weight, it had a negative impact on the way those kids ate as they grew up.

That's according to the study published Monday in the Journal Pediatrics. The study authors recommend eating regular family meals, having nutritious snacks at home and for parents to model healthy eating by eating a well-balanced diet.

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