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Childhood memories about food: the Successful Dieters Project.
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PMID:  10347427     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The Successful Dieters Project explored and described the characteristics of dieters. This paper reports the results of a content analysis of one question about childhood memories surrounding food. METHODS: All subjects were interviewed once with an intensive interview guide, were weighed, and were measured for height and waist-hip ratios. SUBJECTS: Subjects (N = 162) were 76 men and 86 women, who ranged in age from 21 to 84 years. FINDINGS: Gender and weight history differences were noted in the areas of food rules, the age at which dieting to control weight began, family food rules, positive versus negative memories, and the use of food as a reward or punishment. Parental experience with food deprivation was a strong force in shaping children's attitudes toward food. CONCLUSIONS: Childhood memories about food appear to contribute to differences among the obese, the always-normal-weight, and the successful dieter. Further research into this area of investigation is warranted.
P J Brink; K Ferguson; A Sharma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1073-6077     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs     Publication Date:    1999 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-07     Completed Date:  1999-10-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9431738     Medline TA:  J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-25     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health*
Child Psychology*
Diet, Reducing / psychology*
Food Habits / psychology*
Middle Aged
Obesity / diet therapy,  psychology*
Grant Support
1-RO1-NR01169-01A3/NR/NINR NIH HHS

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