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Kids’ & Parents’ Distress Seems To Impact Eating Behavior

March 31, 2016, News

New research suggests the way a parent responds to their children’s emotional displays can influence the amount of food they provide to the child and also trigger binge eating by the parent.

The study of more than 440 parents and their preschoolers offers insight into why some parents who binge eat also may try to restrict their children’s food intake, placing their children at higher risk for unhealthy eating habits and weight problems.

University of Illinois researchers found that parents who reported feeling distress when their child was angry, crying or fearful were more likely to engage in episodes of binge eating and to limit the amounts or types of food they provided to their children.

Learn more about this research study at the University of Illinois.

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