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bloodrose wrote

The candy analogy is a bad one. Because it turns out limiting candy makes children eat the candy when they are allowed to eat it, even if they aren't hungry. This leads to the child learning unnatural physical behaviors that lead to chronic overeating. As a parent, I do not limit my child's intake of candy at all. Having done that, I find she isn't all the interested in it. She eats maybe a serving of fruit snacks a day because that's about how much concentrated sugar her body can deal with. As a child, I had a lot of food restrictions. I now eat for pleasure almost to the exclusion of need.