Can mothers accurately describe their toddler’s weight? Results from the NOURISH cohort
Byrne, Rebecca, Magarey, Anthea, & Daniels, Lynne (2012) Can mothers accurately describe their toddler’s weight? Results from the NOURISH cohort. In 16th International Congress of Dietetics, 5-8 September 2012, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia.
A mother’s perception of her child’s weight may be more important in determining how she feeds her child, than the child’s actual weight status. Use of controlling feeding practices, prompted by perceptions and concerns about weight, may disrupt the child’s innate self-regulation of energy intake. This can promote overeating and overweight (Costanzo & Woody, 1985). This study describes mother’s perception of her child’s weight relative to the child’s actual weight. Mothers in the control group of NOURISH (n=276) were asked to describe their child as underweight, normal weight, or somewhat/very overweight via self-administered questionnaire when children were aged 12-16 months (Daniels et al, 2009). Child’s weight and length were measured by study staff. At assessment, mean age (sd) was 13.7(1.3) months, mean weight-for-age z-score (sd) was 0.6(0.8) (WHO standards, 2008), and 51% were male. Twenty-seven children were perceived as underweight (10%) and twelve children were perceived as overweight (4%). ANOVA revealed significant differences in weight-for-age z-scores across each category of weight perception, mean (sd) -0.2(0.5), 0.6(0.8) and 1.8(0.7) for underweight, normal weight and overweight respectively F(4, 288)= 15.6, (p<0.00). Based on WHO criteria only one of the 27 children was correctly perceived as underweight (WHO 2008). Similarly while 12 children were perceived as overweight, 88 were actually overweight/at risk. At group level, children of mothers who perceived their child as underweight were indeed leaner. However at the individual level mothers could not accurately describe their child’s weight, tending to over-identify underweight and perceive overweight children as normal weight.
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|Item Type:||Conference Item (Other)|
|Additional Information:||Nutrition & Dietetics, Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 16th International Congress of Dietetics, 5-8 September 2012, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia, Volume 69, Issue Supplement s1, pages 20–47, September 2012|
|Keywords:||Toddler, weight perception|
|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
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Dietitians Association of Australia|
|Deposited On:||27 Oct 2014 00:04|
|Last Modified:||27 Oct 2014 00:06|
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