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Curr Obes Rep. 2016 Jun;5(2):192-200. doi: 10.1007/s13679-016-0208-9.

Parent-Child Interaction, Self-Regulation, and Obesity Prevention in Early Childhood.

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1
Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, 336 Cunz Hall, 1841 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH, 43210, USA. sanderson@cph.osu.edu.
2
Center for Biobehavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Drive, Columbus, OH, 43205, USA.

Abstract

This paper describes the epidemiologic evidence linking parent-child relationships, self-regulation, and weight status with a focus on early childhood. The emotional quality of parent-child interactions may influence children's risk for obesity through multiple pathways. Prospective studies linking observer ratings of young children's self-regulation, particularly inhibitory control, to future weight status are discussed. Although findings are preliminary, promoting positive relationships between parents/caregivers and young children holds promise as a component of efforts to prevent childhood obesity. Multi-disciplinary collaborations between researchers with training in developmental science and child health should be encouraged.

KEYWORDS:

Early childhood; Epidemiology; Obesity; Parenting; Self-regulation

PMID:
27037572
PMCID:
PMC4856567
[Available on 2017-06-01]
DOI:
10.1007/s13679-016-0208-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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