Research shows that about 12 million kids — or one in every six — are obese. So how can new parents prevent their children from forming unhealthy relationships with food?

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Here are seven places to start, including:

  • Only feed the kids when they’re hungry, not to distract them.
  • Create a new food ritual that excites them.
  • Don’t force them to finish everything on their plates.
  • Be a role model through your own healthy eating.
Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at
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