PARENTAL INFLUENCES ON CHILDREN'S EATING BEHAVIOR AND RELATIVE WEIGHT

Robert C. Klesges, Thomas J. Coates, Guendoline Brown, Janet Sturgeon‐Tillisch, Lisa M. Moldenhauer‐Klesges, Barbara Holzer, Joan Woolfrey, Jim Vollmer

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Abstract

We investigated the relationship between selected parent behaviors, child mealtime behavior, and infant relative weight. Subjects were 7 male and 7 female children varying in age from 12 to 30 months (mean = 23.9 months). Each subject and parents were observed during the dinnertime meal on two occasions using the BATMAN (Bob and Tom's Method of Assessing Nutrition). The children spent 58% of the mealtime eating. They spent very little time making active decisions about what and how much they ate (food requests = 2% of the time; food refusals = 1% of the time). We found significant correlations between child relative weight and (a) parental prompts to eat (r = .81, p < .001), (b) parental food offers (r = .51, p < .05), and (c) parental encouragement to eat (r = .82, p < .001). Thus, the present study suggests a relationship between certain parental variables and the relative weight of their children. 1983 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983

Keywords

  • children
  • eating
  • obesity
  • parental influence

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