Bi-directional associations between parental feeding practices and children's body mass in parent-child dyads

Natalia Liszewska , Urte Scholz , Theda Radtke , Karolina Horodyska , Aleksandra Łuszczyńska


Objective This study investigated whether parental feeding practices, such as pressure to eat, permitting unhealthy food, and restriction of unhealthy food predict children's body mass index (BMI) percentile or if children's BMI percentiles predict parental feeding practices. Design Longitudinal data were collected among 526 dyads of children (6–11 years old) and one of their parents. Parents reported parental feeding practices, restriction of unhealthy food, permission of unhealthy food, and pressure to eat. Children's weight and height were assessed objectively. All measurements were conducted twice with a time lag of 10 months. Results Cross-lagged panel analyses demonstrated that low levels of children's BMI percentiles (measured at the baseline) predicted parental feeding practices (measured at the follow-up) but not vice versa. Only one effect suggesting bi-directionality was found, with parental restriction of unhealthy food preceding higher levels of children's BMI percentiles at the follow-up. Conclusions Parental feeding practices seem to be a reaction to the levels of children's BMI percentiles.
Author Natalia Liszewska (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Natalia Liszewska,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Urte Scholz
Urte Scholz,,
, Theda Radtke
Theda Radtke,,
, Karolina Horodyska (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Karolina Horodyska,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Aleksandra Łuszczyńska (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Aleksandra Łuszczyńska,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
Journal seriesAppetite, ISSN 0195-6663, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishParental feeding practices; BMI; Dyads; Children; Parent
ASJC Classification2916 Nutrition and Dietetics; 3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)35
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.268; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.174 (2) - 2017=3.691 (5)
Citation count*18 (2021-02-24)
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