Examining multiple parenting behaviors on young children’s dietary fat consumption
Published Date:2012 Jul-Aug
Source:J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011; 44(4):302-309.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3383891
Funding:F31KD079345/PHS HHS/United States
R01 DK072994/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
R01 DK072994-04/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
R01DK072994-4/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
T32HL079891/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
U48DP001917-01/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
To understand the association between parenting and children’s dietary fat consumption, this study tested a comprehensive model of parenting that included: parent household rules, parent modeling of rules, parent mediated behaviors, and parent support.
Baseline data from the MOVE/me Muevo project, a recreation site-based obesity prevention and control intervention trial.
Five hundred and forty-one parents of children between the ages of five and eight years old and living in San Diego County.
Main Outcome Measure(s)
Children’s fat consumption based on parent-report of a short food frequency questionnaire.
A hierarchical linear regression was conducted. In exploratory analyses, a step-wise backward elimination approach was used.
Children’s fat consumption was positively associated with parent household rules (P<.01), and negatively associated with parent modeling of rules (P<.01).
Conclusions and Implications
Controlling parenting behaviors such as rule setting is associated with more frequent fat consumption, whereas role modeling healthy behaviors is associated with less frequent fat consumption. Changing parenting behaviors with regards to how they feed their children are logical avenues for improving eating behaviors. (177)
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