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Controlling feeding practices: cause or consequence of early child weight?
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PMID:  18166535     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: The exertion of control during child feeding has been associated with both underweight and overweight during childhood. What is as-yet unclear is whether controlling child feeding practices causally affect child weight or whether the use of control may be a reactive response to concerns about high or low child weight. The aims of this study were to explore the direction of causality in these relationships during infancy. METHODS: Sixty-two women gave informed consent to take part in this longitudinal study that spanned from birth to 2 years of child age. Mothers completed the Child Feeding Questionnaire at 1 year, and their children were weighed at 1 and 2 years of age. Child weight scores were converted into standardized z scores that accounted for child age and gender. RESULTS: Controlling for child weight at 1 year, the use of pressure to eat and restriction at 1 year significantly predicted lower child weight at 2 years. CONCLUSIONS: Controlling feeding practices in infancy have an impact on children's weight at 2 years. The use of restrictive child feeding practices during infancy predicts lower child weight at age 2 years, which may reinforce mothers' use of this strategy in the longer term despite its potential association with disinhibition and greater child weight in later childhood.
Claire Victoria Farrow; Jacqueline Blissett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  121     ISSN:  1098-4275     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-01     Completed Date:  2008-02-05     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e164-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
School of Psychology, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Birth Weight
Body Mass Index
Breast Feeding
Child, Preschool
Feeding Behavior*
Infant Food*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Maternal Behavior*
Mother-Child Relations
Multivariate Analysis
Obesity / prevention & control*
Risk Assessment
Sex Factors

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