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Maternal correlates of preschool child eating behaviours and body mass index : a cross-sectional study

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posted on 2011-10-01, 00:00 authored by Skye Mcphie, Helen Skouteris, M McCabe, L Ricciardelli, J Milgrom, L Baur, N Aksan, D Dell'Aquila
To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate maternal child feeding practices, maternal parenting characteristics and mother-child interactions as cross-sectional predictors of child eating and/or weight within the one sample. Maternal pressure for her child to eat was a significant positive correlate of fussiness and a negative correlate of enjoyment. Maternal parenting warmth was associated negatively with child BMIz, while mother-child dysfunctional interaction was associated positively with child BMIz. Our findings suggest that childhood obesity research may be better informed by evaluating not just what mothers do (feeding practices) but also how they parent (parenting behaviours and interactions with their child). Longitudinal studies are needed to identify causal influences of parenting on preschool child eating and weight.

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Journal

International journal of pediatric obesity

Volume

6

Issue

5-6

Pagination

476 - 480

Publisher

Wiley - Blackwell Publishing

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

1747-7166

eISSN

1747-7174

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2011, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

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