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    1. Rigid Parenting Style Linked to Obese Kids

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kids with demanding parents who are rigid about rules, stingy with affection and won't discuss limits are far more likely to be obese than children whose parents practice a more balanced parenting style, new research

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    2. TV Time, Feeding Habits Set Babies Up for Obesity?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents feed their babies in ways suspected of boosting the risk of obesity later in life, a new study finds. Researchers found that of nearly 900 parents of 2-month-olds, many reported at least one habit studies have l

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    3. When Smartphone Is Near, Parenting May Falter

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table. Researchers who observed more than 50 family-type groups eating out foun

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    4. Baby 'Sleep Machines' Could Damage Hearing: Study

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the "sleep machines" marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby's hearing, a new study suggests. The popular devices promise to help infants fall asleep and stay as

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    5. TV in Child's Bedroom Tied to Weight Gain

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have a TV in their bedroom are likely to gain weight. But kids who play active video games might lose unwanted pounds, according to two new studies. "In an age of widespread childhood and adolescent obesity,

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    6. Kids Born to Older Dads and Mental Health Risk?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to older fathers are at higher risk for various psychiatric and learning problems than once thought, a large new study suggests. Among more than 2 million children born in Sweden, researchers found that

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    7. Sources of Caffeine for Kids Increasing

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For today's kids, caffeine in coffee, soda and energy drinks is easier to get than ever before, a new U.S. government study finds. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children

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    8. Don't Pressure Preschoolers to Overeat: Experts

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Feb. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children will better learn to recognize when they're full if they serve themselves instead of being given a plate with food already on it, a new study reveals. Researchers examined the feeding practices among childr

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    9. Parents of Obese Children Underestimate Weight?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Half the parents of overweight or obese children don't think their kids have a weight problem, a new analysis reveals. A review of 69 previous studies found that nearly 51 percent of parents with overweight or obese child

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    10. Kids Unlikely to Outgrow 'Baby Fat'

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Baby fat may not be as cute as it looks, new research suggests. Five-year-olds who carry around extra weight may face four times the risk of being obese at 14, compared to their normal-weight peers, the study found. Of

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