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The role of parental control practices in explaining children's diet and BMI

Brown, KA, Ogden, J, Vogele, C and Gibson, EL (2008) The role of parental control practices in explaining children's diet and BMI Appetite, 50 (2-3). pp. 252-259.

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This paper aimed to investigate which parents use which types of parenting control practices to manage their children's diets and to assess the impact of these practices on children's dietary patterns and their BMI. A cross-sectional survey of 518 parents with children aged 4–7 years was carried out in 18 primary schools across the South of England. Measures included aspects of parental control practices and the child's diet. Results showed that older parents with a lower BMI and who were stay at home parents used more “snack overt control”, “snack covert control” and “meal covert control” and those with more education used more covert control strategies. In contrast, male, non-white parents with younger children used more “pressure to eat”. In terms of the children's diet, the results showed links between parental and child demographics and aspects of unhealthy and healthy food intake. In addition, links were also found for parental control practices. For example, eating more unhealthy snacks was related to less covert control and more pressure to eat, eating fruit and vegetables was related to higher levels of both overt and covert control over meals and less pressure to eat and being neophobic was related to less covert control over meals and more pressure to eat. The children's BMIs were unrelated to any variables measured in the study

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Brown, KA
Ogden, J
Vogele, C
Gibson, EL
Date : 1 March 2008
DOI : 10.1016/j.appet.2007.07.010
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Behavioral Sciences, Nutrition & Dietetics, parental control, children's diets, BMI, FOOD PREFERENCES, BEHAVIOR, OBESITY, ATTITUDES, ADOLESCENTS, PREVALENCE, OVERWEIGHT, TRENDS
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Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Appetite. 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 Appetite, 50 (2-3), 2008. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2007.07.010
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 Jan 2013 17:20
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:48

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