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Do Kids Really Need To Clean Their Plate?

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(CBS Charlotte) — Growing up, you probably heard your parents tell you that you couldn’t leave the table or have dessert until you “clean your plate.”

And now, over 35 percent of adults in the United States are obese, coincidence?

While obesity is caused by several factors, such as lack of exercise, inactivity, genes, underlying health conditions, and your environment, obesity is also caused by over-eating and eating unhealthy foods.

Logically speaking, parents want their children to eat well and be healthy, but how much food is too much? Is it possible that children are the best judge of when they’ve had enough to eat?

After all, overeating leads to excessive calorie intake, and overtime, leads to obesity in children. Furthermore, once a child begins to overindulge in food, a pattern is set and it becomes increasingly difficult for them to stop over-eating.

Of course it’s important to make sure that your child is getting adequate nutrition, and has a variety of healthy foods to eat throughout the day, but during mealtime, it is best to let kids be the judge of how much food is enough for them.

Additionally, you may notice that your child’s appetite waxes and wanes at times. This is perfectly normal throughout their childhood, and is caused by growth spurts.

Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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