New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics offer a single approach comprised of five simple and sensible strategies.

While the eating habits of teens may seem to be one of the more mysterious complexities of life, it’s really up to parents to try and at least offer the soundest guidance and modeling. With concern about both teens’ use of unhealthy weight-loss tricks and the continuing problem of obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with an evidence-based approach for getting our kids to simply eat well. And to be honest, parents are up against a lot of competition – between junk food marketing and the preponderance of crazy unhealthy food flooding the landscape in combination with the media and cultural obsession with thinness, it’s amazing more of us don’t just completely short-circuit. Or maybe we do and that’s the problem.

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