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The Los Angeles Times writes about a University of Minnesota study suggesting that “parents who think their teenager is overweight are no more likely to banish junk food and keep healthful foods around the house than those who don't -- or to encourage habits such as family meals, less eating in front of the tube and more exercise. But they are more likely to urge their teen to diet.”

The study showed that in such an environment, the encouragement to diet is, in fact, counterproductive…and that teenagers encouraged to diet were more likely to be overweight than those who were not.

KC's View:
Go figure.

This isn’t really a study about dieting. It really is more about hypocrisy. Or, at the very least, inconsistency. It also isn’t as much about teen behavior as it is about parental behavior.

It all begins at home. Parents who want to encourage their kids to eat healthy foods and live a healthy lifestyle have to make sure there is more fruit in the house than potato chips, more vegetables than cookies, more milk than soda. They have to go bicycling with their kids, or shoot hoops, or go have a catch. (Encouraging your kids to diet and get exercise while sitting on the couch watching endless hours of TV doesn’t count.)

This is not to say that chips or cookies or soda are inherently bad. It is overindulgence that is bad. It is lack of perspective that is bad.