In Brief: Jan. 22, 2001

WEIGHTY PROBLEMS Parents who criticize and place food restrictions on their overweight children could actually be contributing to future eating disorders, a new Penn State study finds. When foods are restricted, the report concludes, kids are more likely to binge past the point of hunger on foods that are available, setting up unhealthy habits. The authors recommend keeping the kitchen stocked with healthy foods for the whole family and offering kids blame-free choices.

TAKE THAT, JUNE CLEAVER Modern working moms spend up to half an hour a day more with their children than did the stay-at-home mothers of the 1950s...

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