Journal article

Confident body, confident child: Evaluation of a universal parenting resource promoting healthy body image and eating patterns in early childhood-6-and 12-month outcomes from a randomized controlled trial

Laura M Hart, Stephanie R Damiano, Connie SN Li-Wai-Suen, Susan J Paxton



OBJECTIVE: To evaluate Confident Body, Confident Child (CBCC), a universal parenting resource designed to promote positive body image and healthy eating patterns in children aged 2-6 years, at 6- and 12-months follow-up. METHOD: A four-arm randomized controlled trial with 345 parents was conducted. Group (A) received the CBCC resource pack + workshop, (B) received the CBCC resource pack only, (C) received a nutrition booklet and (D) received no interventions until all questionnaires were completed (i.e., waitlist control). Measures of parenting variables relevant to child body image and eating patterns, and parent-report of child weight, were administered at baseline, 6-weeks post-interventi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Dr. Agus Salim for his guidance with the statistical analyses, Fiona Sutherland, Deirdre Ryan, and Chelsea Cornell for their assistance with administration of the trial. Funding for this research was via a private prevention philanthropic donation awarded to S. Paxton, and via a Colin Dodds Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to L. Hart.