Are you raising an emotional eater?

When your child is crying uncontrollably and you give her an ice cream cone to calm her, you may be instilling poor eating habits. A new study, published by Norwegian researchers, indicates that soothing and calming children with food may set the stage for emotional eating.

Because emotional eating is a difficult habit to break and can have negative health consequences, parents should consider other ways to soothe children when they are anxious, angry, and upset. What can a parent do? Try turning on music and dancing. Hug your child. Talk through the problem. Take a walk. Help her blow off steam by running outside. Rub his back. Go for a bike ride together. You know your child best. You'll know what to do.

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