In Brief: Sep. 11, 2000

DON'T CLEAN YOUR PLATE A Penn State study has found that children learn to overeat at a very young age. When preschoolers were given larger-than-usual servings of macaroni and cheese, those who were 3 1/2 years old ate only as much as a normal serving size and left the rest, while 5-year-olds continued to eat past the point of hunger. Researchers say this shows that kids have a natural instinct to regulate eating, but by age 5 many learn to ignore it, often at the urging of parents and other caregivers.

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