Concerned that your finicky child isn't getting enough nutritional balance in his diet? Just relax, and let nature take its course, advises the Nutri/System Health & Fitness Information Bureau. After studying the 24-hour eating patterns of a group of 2- to 5-year-olds for six days, researchers, led by Leann L. Birch, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discovered that even though children showed erratic eating behaviors at individual meals, their total daily energy intake remained relatively constant.

"By offering a variety of nutritious foods at each meal, parents can ensure that their children eat a balanced diet without resorting to threats, bribes and other behavioral control methods that may lead to lifelong problems with obesity," said Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Chicago Medical School's University of Health Sciences.