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    1. Telling Kids to Clean Plate May Backfire

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Although you might think being a member of the "clean plate club" is something that stops when a child is young, new research suggests that up to two-thirds of parents still encourage teenagers to finish all the food on their p

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    2. Many Parents Text, Phone With Kids in Car: Survey

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two-thirds of adults use a cell phone when they're driving with children in the car, and about one-third text, according to a new California survey. The dangers of such behavior are well-documented. In 2011, about 3,300

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    3. Babies Born Even Slightly Early May Lag Behind

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Many women choose to have labor induced or to have an elective Cesarean delivery before the full term of their pregnancy is up, but a new study suggests their child's development may suffer if they are born even a little ear

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    4. Kids Given Big Plates Help Themselves to More Food

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- Small kids who are given large plates and then allowed to serve themselves take more food and consume more calories, new research finds. The study used 41 first-graders in a Philadelphia elementary school to test whether adult

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    5. Frequent Eating in Kids Tied to Less Weight Gain

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- In what may seem a surprising finding, kids in a new study who ate more often over the course of a day were less likely to be overweight than their peers who ate the traditional three squares. Looking at 11 past studies, Greek rese

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    6. Most Restaurants' Kids' Meals Unhealthy: Report

      Too many kids' meals served at major chain restaurants in the United States still contain too much salt and fat and too many calories, according to a report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The consumer advocacy group analyzed thousands of kids' meals and found that fried chicken fi

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    7. Does Too Much TV Make Kids Antisocial?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Five-year-olds who watch television for three or more hours a day are a bit more likely to fight, steal and have other antisocial behaviors by the age of 7, a new study suggests. The researchers also found that time spent play

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    8. 4 in 10 Babies Given Solid Foods Too Early: Study

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Child development experts advise parents not to introduce solid foods, such as baby cereal, into an infant's diet until the infant is at least 4 to 6 months old. However, new research suggests that about 40 percent of parents a

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    9. Child Health Experts in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Marriage for same-sex couples -- and the right for all parents, regardless of their sexual orientation, to adopt or provide foster care -- is the best way to guarantee benefits and security for their children, according to ch

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    10. 'Smarter Lunchroom' May Lead to Healthier Choices

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- A few simple and inexpensive changes to school cafeterias can help encourage children to eat healthier foods at lunch, a new study finds. The changes included improving the convenience and attractiveness of fruits and vegetables

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