How do parents' child-feeding behaviours influence child weight?: Implications for childhood obesity policy

Heather R Clark, Elizabeth Goyder, Paul Bissell, Lindsay Blank, Jean Peters

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Abstract

Background:
Parents have some responsibility for children's dietary habits and they are often the focus of public health interventions designed to improve children's diets and thereby reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. The current UK interventions promote awareness of healthy food choices, but offer little guidance for parents on child-feeding behaviours.

Methods:
A review of recent literature regarding child-feeding behaviours and child weight.

Results:
Parents report using a wide range of child-feeding behaviours, including monitoring, pressure to eat and restriction. Restriction of children's eating has most frequently and consistently been associated with child weight gain. Furthermore, there is substantial evidence for a causal relationship between parental restriction and childhood overweight.

Conclusions:
Parents may inadvertently promote excess weight gain in childhood by using inappropriate child-feeding behaviours. We recommend the development of interventions to increase awareness of the possible consequences of inappropriate child-feeding behaviours. Parents who are concerned about their child's weight will also require guidance and support in order to adopt more appropriate child-feeding behaviours.
LanguageEnglish
Pages132-141
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Public Health
Volume29
Issue number2
Early online date18 Apr 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Pediatric Obesity
Child Behavior
Feeding Behavior
Parents
Weights and Measures
Weight Gain
Public Health
Eating
Diet
Pressure
Food

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Clark, Heather R ; Goyder, Elizabeth ; Bissell, Paul ; Blank, Lindsay ; Peters, Jean. / How do parents' child-feeding behaviours influence child weight? Implications for childhood obesity policy. In: Journal of Public Health. 2007 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 132-141.
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