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Appetite. 2013 Jan;60(1):85-94. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.09.014. Epub 2012 Sep 24.

Parental influences on children's eating behaviour and characteristics of successful parent-focussed interventions.

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1
Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders, School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK. Electronic address: G.L.Mitchell@lboro.ac.uk.
2
Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders, School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK.

Abstract

Parental reports suggest that difficulties related to child-feeding and children's eating behaviour are extremely common. While 'fussy eating' does not pose an immediate threat to health, over the long-term, consumption of a poor diet can contribute to the development of a range of otherwise preventable diseases. In addition, the stress and anxiety that can surround difficult mealtimes can have a detrimental impact upon both child and parental psychological wellbeing. Since parents have a great influence over what, when, and how much food is offered, feeding difficulties may be preventable by better parental awareness. The aim of this review is to describe how parental factors contribute to the development of common feeding problems, and to discuss the merits of existing interventions aimed at parents/primary caregivers to improve child-feeding and children's eating behaviour. The potential for different technologies to be harnessed in order to deliver interventions in new ways will also be discussed.

PMID:
23017468
DOI:
10.1016/j.appet.2012.09.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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