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Parental restriction and children's diets. The chocolate coin and Easter egg experiments

Ogden, J, Cordey, P, Cutler, L and Thomas, H (2013) Parental restriction and children's diets. The chocolate coin and Easter egg experiments Appetite, 61. pp. 36-44.

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Two naturalistic experiments are reported exploring the impact of parental restriction on children's diets. For study 1, 53 parents gave 75. g of chocolate coins to their child over a weekend. For study 2, 86 parents were recruited prior to the 2. week Easter break when their children would be receiving chocolate Easter eggs. For both studies, parents were randomly allocated to either the non-restriction or restriction conditions and rated their child's preoccupation with the target food and other sweet foods (demanding and eating) at the start and end of the interventions. Perceived and actual food intake was assessed. Children in the restriction conditions consumed fewer chocolate coins and Easter eggs. All children showed decreased preoccupation with chocolate coins or Easter eggs over the course of the studies yet by the end the restriction group were more preoccupied with the target food. In contrast, all children showed an increased preoccupation with other sweet foods as the studies progressed which was greater in the non-restriction group for the chocolate coins study. Overall, restriction resulted in reduced intake but relative increased preoccupation with the food being restricted. Non-restriction resulted in a greater preoccupation with other sweet foods once the target foods had been consumed. © 2012.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Ogden, J
Cordey, P
Cutler, L
Thomas, H
Date : 1 February 2013
DOI : 10.1016/j.appet.2012.10.021
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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, 61, 36-44, February 2013, DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2012.10.021"
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Mar 2013 12:46
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:58

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