What parents know and want to learn about healthy eating and body image in preschool children: a triangulated qualitative study with parents and Early Childhood Professionals
Laura M Hart, Stephanie R Damiano, Chelsea Cornell, Susan J Paxton
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: Interventions for parents to encourage healthy eating in children often do not address parental feeding practices and body image development. METHODS: The current study investigated what parents (of children aged 1-6 years) understand about child healthy eating and body image, and what they would like in future interventions, by using structured focus groups with parents, and individual interviews with Early Childhood Professionals. Forty three parents (M(age) = 36.95 years, 93% female, 79% university degree) participated across 9 focus groups. Eleven Early Childhood Professionals (M(age) = 51.04, 100% female, 64% university degree, 64% Maternal and Child Health Nurses, 36% Child..View full abstract
This work was supported by the Cages Foundation, who provided a research grant. The sponsor played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the article for publication.