Finally, there's a study that has proven what I've known all along: "Clean you plate!" admonishments lead to kids becoming overweight.
The study of 872 families was conducted by Boston University School of Medicine and published in the June issue of Pediatrics, released Monday. Researchers studied the effects of parenting styles on children's weight and found that authoritarian parents were more likely to have obese kids than authoritative parents.
Though none of us can undo the damage done by our parents at the dinner table, we can heed the advice of researchers and break the cycle with our own children by offering flexibility within a firm set of boundaries.
Read an Associated Press article on the study and view video footage at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060605/ap_on_he_me/diet_parenting_2