ThinkstockAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years-and we as parents may not be helping to reduce it, says Dr. Natalie Muth, author of "Eat Your Vegetables and Other Mistakes Parents Make."
Dr. Muth tells Away We Grow host Diane Mizota that a common parental practice that could lead to childhood weight gain is the "clean plate club." When parents require their children to eat everything on the plate, kids then lose the ability to use their own feelings of hunger and fullness to decide how much to eat. "And that habit stays with that child for their whole life," says Dr. Muth.
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How parents try to get their children to eat vegetables may also lead to problems down the road. A classic mistake that parents may make is to tell their children that if they eat the vegetables, they can then have dessert. All of a sudden, the dessert becomes a reward.
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