Distraction is a factor in how much we eat. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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A crystal bowl of M&Ms is ready for eating. Jack Wolf/AP hide caption

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Cycling has at least tripled over the past two decades in several big cities across the U.S., including Minneapolis, Chicago and San Francisco. Jonathan Steinberg hide caption

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Monica Hanson (top left) is the eldest of four daughters and says she fell into the role of firstborn naturally. Her sisters (from left to right) are Elena Lynn, Maria Godoy (a senior editor at NPR.org) and Olga Czekalski. Also pictured (bottom left) is her daughter, Erica, and Erica's cousins Kelsey and Taylor Lynn. Courtesy of Monica Hanson hide caption

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Researchers from Yale University found that kids are seeing more fast food ads than ever before. Jonathan Barnes/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Researchers are looking at ways to get kids to pick healthier foods in their school cafeterias. One middle school found that when they put chocolate milk 6 inches behind white milk, many kids suddenly opted for the white milk instead. The school pictured wasn't involved in the study. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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