Apparently, even "healthy eating" with the intent to manage weight or change the body's shape can promote weight gain in a child!

 

Diets Cause Weight Gain

How Many Really Lose With Weight Watchers? - This is a must read! Weight Watchers works? 1/08

Up to 2/3's of Dieters End Up Heavier - This is hardly news, but bears repeating. UCLA researchers analyzed 31 long-term studies, concluding diets don't work. (They found, in a 4-yr study of 19,000 healthy men, that the single biggest predictor of weight gain was a history of dieting!). They note people would be better off not dieting because it damages health. 4/07

Dieting Makes Little Girls Fat - Five year old girls who diet end up fatter as they get older. 6/04

Dieting Keeps Children Overweight - "Dieting to control weight is not only ineffective, it may actually promote weight gain." Based on a 2-year study of  more than 16,000 U.S. boys and girls. Pediatrics, 10/03.