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Health Tip: Set Regular Eating Times for the Family

And don't skip meals because it can lead to overeating

(HealthDay News) -- A regular meal schedule can help the whole family maintain normal weight and practice healthy eating habits.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Set a specific time for meals, so family members know when it's appropriate to grab a healthy snack.
  • Make sure all family members eat three balanced meals a day. Never skip meals, which can lead to overeating.
  • Don't let your child graze all day. Instead, offer a healthy snack between meals.
  • Serve appropriate portion sizes based on your child's age. Every meal should include at least one fruit or vegetable.
  • Ask for your child's help in selecting the menu, and offer praise for choosing healthy foods.
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