An exploratory study of associations between Australian-Indian mothers’ use of controlling feeding practices, concerns and perceptions of children’s weight and children’s picky eating

Jani Mehta, Rati, Mallan, Kimberley M., Mihrshahi, Seema, Mandalika, Subhadra, & Daniels, Lynne (2014) An exploratory study of associations between Australian-Indian mothers’ use of controlling feeding practices, concerns and perceptions of children’s weight and children’s picky eating. Nutrition and Dietetics, 71(1), pp. 28-34.

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Abstract

Aim

This cross-sectional study explores associations between migrant Indian mothers’ use of controlling feeding practices (pressure to eat, restriction and monitoring) and their concerns and perceptions regarding their children’s weight and picky eating behaviour.

Methods

Two hundred and thirty mothers with children aged 1-5 years, residing in Australia for 1-8 years, participated by completing a self-reported questionnaire.

Results

Perceptions and concerns regarding children’s weight were not associated with any of the controlling feeding practices. A positive association was noted between pressure feeding and perceptions of pickiness after adjusting for covariates: children’s age, gender and weight-for-age Z-score. Girls, older children, and children with higher weight-for-age z scores were pressure fed to a greater extent.

Conclusions

This study supports the generalisation of findings from Caucasian literature that pressure feeding and perceptions of pickiness are positively related.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 58820
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: culture, feeding practice, migrant Indian, picky eating, pressure feeding
DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12046
ISSN: 1446-6368
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Wiley & Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2013 23:14
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 23:18

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