Family food environments as determinants of preschool-aged children`s eating behaviours: implications for obesity prevention policy. A review.

Campbell, Karen and Crawford, David 2001, Family food environments as determinants of preschool-aged children`s eating behaviours: implications for obesity prevention policy. A review., Australian journal of nutrition and dietetics, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 19-25.

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Title Family food environments as determinants of preschool-aged children`s eating behaviours: implications for obesity prevention policy. A review.
Author(s) Campbell, Karen
Crawford, David
Journal name Australian journal of nutrition and dietetics
Volume number 58
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 25
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Malden, MA
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1032-1322
Keyword(s) eating behaviours
children's eating
family food environments
obesity prevention
paediatric obesity
Summary Children's eating behaviours are fundamental to their health. Dietary surveys indicate that children's food consumption is likely to promote a range of diet-related diseases, including overweight and obesity, which are associated with a range of psychosocial and physical disorders. With the prevalence of overweight and obesity rapidly increasing, opportunities for informed prevention have become a focus of strategy. Diet is recognised as important in the genesis of obesity. We present data that demonstrate that eating behaviours are likely to be established early in life and may be maintained into adulthood. We review literature that shows that children's eating behaviours are influenced by the family food environment. These findings suggest that the family environment should be considered in developing obesity prevention strategy for children, yet the current strategy focuses primarily on the school environment. Those factors in the family environment that appear to be important include: parental food preferences and beliefs, children's food exposure; role modelling; media exposure; and child-parent interactions around food. However, the existing data are based on small scale and unrepresentative US samples. At a population level, we have few insights regarding family food environments and consequently little information about how such environments influence children's eating behaviours and thus their risk for obesity. We suggest research that may promote a better understanding of the role of family food environments as determinants of children's eating behaviour, and consider the implications for obesity prevention in Australia. (Aust J Nutr Diet 2001;58:19-25)
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001230

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