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How do I know if my kids are eating too much?

Easy: they gain extra weight. Depending on the child’s growth spurts and activity levels, the amount he eats will vary. What seems like too much to you might be just what their growing bodies need. If the food is healthy, most kids will eat till they are disinterested or distracted, which usually means they are full. For parents who worry that their child isn’t eating enough, I remind them that compared to adult servings, a child’s serving is pretty small. For instance, a toddler-sized serving may be as small as just a couple tablespoons.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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