Maternal feeding strategies and child's food intake : considering weight and demographic influences using structural equation modeling

  • Background: Research concerning child's food intake have considered various influencing factors, for example parental feeding strategies, demographic and weight factors. At this time, however, there are few findings that explore these factors simultaneously. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to test a structural equation model regarding the associations between maternal feeding strategies and child's food intake. Methods: 556 mothers and their children between 1 and 10 years of age participated in this crosssectional study. Besides socio-demographic and weight data, the mothers were asked about their feeding strategies as well as their child's food intake. Results: The well-fitting model explained 73% of the variance in the child's consumption of healthy and 34% of unhealthy food. In addition to the effect of the mother's social status and the child's age, a rewarding and modeling feeding behavior significantly influenced the child's food intake. Conclusion: The results highlight the relevance of maternal feeding behavior on the Background: Research concerning child's food intake have considered various influencing factors, for example parental feeding strategies, demographic and weight factors. At this time, however, there are few findings that explore these factors simultaneously. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to test a structural equation model regarding the associations between maternal feeding strategies and child's food intake. Methods: 556 mothers and their children between 1 and 10 years of age participated in this crosssectional study. Besides socio-demographic and weight data, the mothers were asked about their feeding strategies as well as their child's food intake. Results: The well-fitting model explained 73% of the variance in the child's consumption of healthy and 34% of unhealthy food. In addition to the effect of the mother's social status and the child's age, a rewarding and modeling feeding behavior significantly influenced the child's food intake. Conclusion: The results highlight the relevance of maternal feeding behavior on the child's food intake. In terms of preventing eating- or weight-related problems, the findings indicate the usefulness of training parents in explicit modeling behavior and avoiding food as a reward.show moreshow less

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Author:Katja Kröller, Petra Warschburger
URN:urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-45023
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe, ISSN 1866-8364 (paper 181)
Document Type:Postprint
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/19
Year of Completion:2009
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2010/07/19
Tag:Adolescents; Consumption; Obesity risk; Overweight; Parenting practices
Source:International journal of behavioural nutrition and physical activity 6 (2009), Art. 78, DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-6-78
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, 2.0 Deutschland
Notes extern:
The article was originally published by Bio Med Central:
International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. - 6 (2009), Art. 78 (11 S.)
ISSN 1479-5868
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-6-78