The skinny on kids' diets.

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Dec. 19 2006 11:07 AM

The Skinny on Kids' Diets

Revisiting 1928 wisdom.

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Still, Davis' work suggests some feeding strategies that are likely to have a better outcome than either choosing everything that goes on your child's plate or giving in to every request for snacks and dessert. Provide kids with a choice of healthy foods, keeping less-healthy ingredients out of the house. As best you can, resist your impulses to try to control your child's diet. Then (as with everything else involving kids), stand back, bite your tongue, and hope it works.

Sydney Spiesel is a pediatrician in Woodbridge, Conn., and clinical professor of pediatrics at Yale University's School of Medicine.