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Int J Eat Disord. 2000 May;27(4):459-63.

Maternal child feeding practices and obesity: a discordant sibling analysis.

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Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA.



The relationship between maternal feeding practices and weight status of 7-12 year-old obese and nonobese siblings was evaluated in 18 families using a discordant sibling design.


Mothers completed measures of concern and perception of children's weight and eating behavior, their control over child feeding, and maternal eating behavior.


Intraclass correlations suggested similarity between obese and nonobese siblings in maternal control over feeding. Mothers perceived differences between their obese and nonobese children's eating regulation. Mothers' weight status was positively associated with disinhibition of their own eating as well as concern about both their obese and nonobese children's weight and health.


These findings fail to support the hypothesis that maternal control over child feeding is related to childhood obesity, but highlight the impact of maternal weight history and eating habits on her impression of children's future weight and health independent of the child's weight status.

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