Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - New research suggests that the way you talk to adolescents may get them to eat healthier foods.
With adolescent obesity having tripled in the US in the last 30 years, there is a high prevalence of weight related problems in adolescents.
A study in the journal "Pediatrics" suggests a good discussion could be beneficial.
Researchers studied thousands of teenagers and parents for the associations between the parents and their adolescents' eating behaviors such as:
- Unhealthy weight-control behaviors
- Binge eating
Overweight children whose parents talked to them in terms of losing weight were more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors.
But parents whose conversations focused only on healthful eating behaviors had children who were less likely to exhibit the unhealthy behaviors.
In conclusion, the study suggests parents will see better results.