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Dietitian: Kids should self-regulate Halloween sweets

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Eating all that Halloween candy could give a person a stomach ache.

Gina Dolenti, a dietitian at Gundersen Lutheran, said children should moderate what they eat.

That way, they teach themselves boundaries when it comes to overeating candy, she said.

Also, if children eat a substantial meal, they're usually too full to over-eat their sweets, she added.

"Teaching your child to self regulate… it might mean that they overeat it might mean that they don't feel good, but at least they're learning to feel, you know, what it feels like when they over eat and had too much candy," Dolenti said. "It's kinda teaching themselves when they had enough and when to stop."

Dolenti also said it's better to keep Halloween candy readily available. If candy is hidden or given away, a child is more likely to want it.

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