Children's eating habits influenced by friends, study finds

08/20/2009 | Reuters

A U.S. study found that children, regardless of their weight, ate more when they were with their friends than with an unknown peer. An overweight child also was found to consume fewer calories when paired with a normal-weight friend than with an overweight friend. These results suggest that, similar to adults, the eating habits of children are "largely determined by their social network."

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