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Exploring child-feeding style in childcare settings: How might nursery practitioners affect child eating style and weight?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24854825     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Although considerable research has explored the role of parents in affecting child eating habits and weight, there has been little consideration of the impact of other key care providers in the early years. A controlling maternal child-feeding style (e.g. use of pressure to eat or restricting certain foods) has been associated with over consumption, fussy eating and weight issue. Conversely, responsive child-feeding styles whereby children are allowed to regulate their own intake but encouraged to eat a range of foods and try new tastes are associated with healthier eating styles and weight. Increasing numbers of preschool children now spend time in day care settings, many for up to fifty hours a week but interactions with caregivers during mealtimes remain unexplored. The aim of the current study was to begin to explore child-feeding styles of nursery practitioners working with children aged 0-5years. Sixty three nursery practitioners completed an adapted version of the Child Feeding Questionnaire to examine their interactions with children during mealtimes. Themes included pressure to eat, encouragement to eat and use of reward. Typically practitioners reported responsive child-feeding styles with low levels of pressure to eat but high levels of encouragement to try new foods. Use of reward to eat certain foods or as a bribe to modify behaviour was however more common. The findings have important implications for understanding the role of childcare providers in affecting child eating habits and weight.
Authors:
L Elford; A Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-04-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Eating behaviors     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1873-7358     ISO Abbreviation:  Eat Behav     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-05-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101090048     Medline TA:  Eat Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  314-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Crown Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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