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Beliefs about the role of parenting in feeding and childhood obesity among mothers of lower socioeconomic status.
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PMID:  21724469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine beliefs about the role of parenting in feeding and childhood obesity among mothers of lower socioeconomic status.
METHODS: Individual semistructured, audiotaped interview with 91 mothers of preschool-aged children (49% of mothers obese, 21% of children obese) in the midwestern United States. Participant comments were transcribed and common themes were identified using the constant comparative method and NVivo software.
RESULTS: Mothers often described their parents' feeding style as authoritarian or neglectful, and their own current style as comparatively indulgent and better. Mothers described parents of overweight children as inept or neglectful, but they never described their own parenting as such.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Encouraging mothers to reflect on how they were fed as children, how it may influence their current parenting, and how the relationship between mothering and child obesity is complex are important nutrition education opportunities.
Alison Kalinowski; Kylene Krause; Carla Berdejo; Kristina Harrell; Katherine Rosenblum; Julie C Lumeng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-07-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2012 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-11     Completed Date:  2012-11-19     Revised Date:  2014-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  432-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Child, Preschool
Feeding Behavior / psychology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Interviews as Topic
Midwestern United States / epidemiology
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology*
Obesity / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Parenting / psychology*
Social Class
Socioeconomic Factors
Grant Support

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