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US: Parents may not have that much influence over kids’ eating habits

Parents may not have as much influence over children’s eating habits as we thought. New research suggests friends, advertisements and schools may be influencing US kids’ food choices more than their parents do.

Researchers reviewed 24 studies and found parental influence has grown weaker over time and children’s diets seem less healthy. Other influences include peers, marketing, schools, the local food environment, as well as current policies on food production, distribution and marketing.

Read the abstract: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Online 4 November 2010

Read more about the research: LA Times, 8 Dec 2010

Published on December 18, 2010 in International news