New York: Mothers who push their toddlers to eat more at snack time may end up with slightly chubbier children by the age of three, according to a U.S. study.Researchers whose findings appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said that such parents might end up overriding their child`s ability to listen to their body`s natural "satiety signals" -- the brain`s way of saying it`s time to stop eating.It wasn`t clear if parental pushiness actually led to excess weight gain, and the weight differences in the study were small. But a number of previous studies have pointed to links between "controlling" mealtime behavior by parents and their children`s risk of being overweight.Toddlers of course are notoriously finicky eaters, and parents often worry their child might not be eating enough, said Julie Lumeng, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who led the study."So their toddler doesn`t want to eat, but parents are saying, `Come on honey. Eat, eat, eat!`" she said.Previous studies relied on questionnaires that essentially asked parents if they were pushy at the dinner table, but Lumeng and her colleagues decided to observe what mothers were actually doing.To do that, they had 1,218 mothers come to their research lab, then videotaped them during a 10-minute snack with their child. Families came at three different times -- when the child was 15 months-old, two years-old and three years-old.
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