Ghosts at the Dinner Table

While our team focuses on research and clinical care to prevent and manage obesity in children, most of the time, we communicate and work with moms and dads. 

It’s well-established that in order to prevent unhealthy weight gain and manage excess weight once it develops, parents play a central role in helping their children to make healthy lifestyle choices to help them be as healthy as possible. Of course, many of the parenting strategies today’s parents use are based on what they believe is best for their children and is determined based on how they were parented….or more accurately, their recollection of how they were parented.

As a follow-up to the American Academy of Pediatrics report on “Preventing Obesity and Eating Disorders in Adolescents”Bauer et al., 2018 recently published a commentary on how parents influence children’s eating practices, and dieting in particular, along with some tips for clinicians to keep in mind in their work to support families.


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