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Q: How can parents avoid getting their kids so hung up on food that they develop an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia?

In the past couple of decades, pediatricians have been so concerned about eating disorders that we've been afraid to talk too much about nutrition. But now I realize that we have to keep this worry in perspective. For every one child with an eating disorder I see in my practice, I have probably 1,000 kids who are unhealthy because they are overweight or obese. When you present good nutrition in a positive light-telling your kids that healthy foods will help them be the best they can be-you're not setting them up for a body image problem; instead, you're building confidence.

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