The relationship between controlling feeding practices and boys’ and girls’ eating in the absence of hunger

Harris, Holly, Mallan, Kimberley M., Nambiar, Smita, & Daniels, Lynne (2014) The relationship between controlling feeding practices and boys’ and girls’ eating in the absence of hunger. Eating Behaviors, 15(4), pp. 519-522.

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Parental controlling feeding practices have been directly associated with maladaptive child eating behaviours, such as Eating in the Absence of Hunger (EAH). The aim of this study was to examine EAH in very young children (3-4 years old) and to investigate the association between maternal controlling feeding practices and energy intake from a standardised selection of snacks consumed ‘in the absence of hunger’. Thirty-seven mother-child dyads enrolled in the NOURISH RCT participated in a modified EAH protocol conducted in the child’s home. All children displayed EAH, despite 80% reporting to be full or very full following completion of lunch 15 minutes earlier. The relationship between maternal and child covariates and controlling feeding practices and EAH were examined using non-parametric tests, and were stratified by child gender. For boys only, pressure to eat was positively associated with EAH. Neither restriction nor monitoring practices were associated with EAH in either boys or girls. Overall, the present findings suggest gender differences in the relationship between maternal feeding practices and children’s eating behaviours emerge early and should be considered in future research and intervention design.

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ID Code: 81952
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Eating in the absence of hunger, Self-regulation, Child eating behaviour, Controlling feeding practices
DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.07.003
ISSN: 1873-7358
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
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 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Eating Behaviors. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Eating Behaviors, [VOL 15, ISSUE 4, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.07.003
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2015 23:32
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 06:03

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