When it comes to monitoring a child’s eating habits, parents often walk a path between wanting to offer guidance and being afraid that this interference will lead to eating disorders. So what is a parent to do in this situation? Nutrition and fitness expert Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, FAND, LDN, suggests that while parents should be concerned about eating disorders, they should not confront a child and turn this into a power struggle. Instead, parents should back off and let children learn from experience. One thing parents can do is model positive behaviors, such as healthy eating and regular exercise.

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