by Dr. Alan Inglis

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And the Big Mac doesn't fall far from the tray.

Good dietary habits begin at home, according to a new study from the University of California at Los Angeles. And if you don't eat well, don't expect your kids to, either.

Researchers found that 62 percent of California adolescents drink soft drinks every day, while 43 percent eat fast food, and 38 percent eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits.

Drinking soft drinks is a family habit, the survey showed. Teens whose parents pop the top off a can of soda every day are nearly 40 percent more likely to drink soda daily themselves, compared to teens whose parents do not drink soda.

When parents didn't eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, their kids were far more likely to be eating fast food daily.

Many children don't get enough nutrition education at school. They're going to eat whatever you eat. With childhood obesity and all its complications on the rise, it's not good enough to simply tell your kids to eat healthier. Take a look at your own diet and lead by example.