Journal article

Maternal feeding practices predict weight gain and obesogenic eating behaviors in young children: a prospective study

Rachel F Rodgers, Susan J Paxton, Robin Massey, Karen J Campbell, Eleanor H Wertheim, Helen Skouteris, Kay Gibbons

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity | BMC | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Maternal feeding practices have been proposed to play an important role in early child weight gain and obesogenic eating behaviors. However, to date longitudinal investigations in young children exploring these relationships have been lacking. The aim of the present study was to explore prospective relationships between maternal feeding practices, child weight gain and obesogenic eating behaviors in 2-year-old children. The competing hypothesis that child eating behaviors predict changes in maternal feeding practices was also examined. METHODS: A sample of 323 mother (mean age = 35 years, ± 0.37) and child dyads (mean age = 2.03 years, ± 0.37 at recruitment) were participants. Mo..

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