A recent study by the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University found that restrictive dieting in children tends to backfire causing weight gain. The researchers followed girls starting at age 5 for 10 years. The girls at the highest risk for weight gain were those with high levels of perceived parental food restrictions and low self-control. That is, those parents that restricted access to favorite foods so they were forbidden created a situation where the foods were more attractive to the children causing a greater want of that particular food. The best diet of course is one where particular foods are not restricted but moderation and portion control is critical along with exercise and activity to burn the calories.