Could the Childhood Obesity 'Epidemic' Be Ebbing?

Massachusetts study finds significant decline in rates for kids under 6.

Obese children had a more difficult time identifying the different tastes and taste intensity than normal-weight children in a new study.

Obese children had a more difficult time identifying the different tastes and taste intensity than normal-weight children in a new study.

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Both Copperman and Graf said the age group studied here is critical, because this is when taste preferences are developing. "Someone who's never had vegetables probably won't like broccoli if they try it for the first time at 7 or 8. When we're young is when taste preferences form, and it's also a time when families have more control. It's the time to establish good dietary habits, and to turn the TV off," Copperman said.

Both experts also said that parents need to be an example of healthy eating behavior for their children.

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Get advice on preventing childhood obesity from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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