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In a study for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (Story, et al), researchers looked at the causes of unhealthy adolescent eating behaviors, and they are many! This is some of what you are up against: rapid growth means high caloric and nutritional needs skipping breakfast becomes a common practice many adolescents become less physically ...


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You have some pretty good answers already, but as someone who struggles with similar cravings, I wanted to answer from the perspective that it might not be strictly a matter of self-control and discipline. There are several other cravings bodies have that can be mistaken for food cravings. Having low energy can cause a craving for energy-dense foods. You ...


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A friend and I were talking about that last night. My personal deal with Halloween candy is actually not the Halloween candy itself, but its representation of the beginning of a season of on-going candy and sweets and treats that come trekking through my house from now until after Christmas. This dentist in Virginia has a good set of policies and the ...


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I think this is a good question, but I'm not sure there really is a right or wrong answer per se. Families always have their own traditions within larger holiday traditions. Some kids open presents on christmas eve, some aren't allowed to until after church christmas morning. It really just depends on your family. The only thing I can think of is that as ...


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Rather than not making sweets available and offering only healthful foods instead, my gut instinct tells me that it would make more sense to create some structure in sweets consumption. Your daughter is big enough that she will soon be able to buy junk food on her own, and presumably she can already binge eat at a friend's place if the opportunity comes ...


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I think this depends on the age of the child, to some extent. I have two toddler/preschool aged kids, and for us rationing from a common bowl on top of the fridge works perfectly: they can't steal extras, and there's only one bowl so no arguing over 'better candy'. However, once they're a bit older (and probably not much), I think rationing is the wrong ...


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There are two ways we've handled halloween specifically. The first is that you are in control of the nights activities. You can limit the number of houses they go to while acquiring their bounty. Just watch how full those bags get and when they are close to the limit, let the kids know they have "2 more houses". Then take them home or do a different ...


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She's old enough that she may begin to understand the health implications of sugary food. While great as a treat, when eating too much of it can cause weight gain diabetes poor nutrition (because sugar is eaten instead of foods with vitamins and minerals) You should educate yourself first on why specifically junk food needs to be limited. Then start ...



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