Uninvolved Maternal Feeding Style Moderates the Association of Emotional Overeating to Preschoolers' Body Mass Index z-Scores

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Abstract

Objective To examine the relation between preschoolers' eating behaviors and body mass index (BMI) z-scores (BMIz) and the moderating role of permissive parent feeding styles in these associations. Design Cross-sectional study involving mothers' report of food-related parenting styles and child eating behaviors. Setting Small city in southern Mississippi. Participants Mother–preschooler dyads (n = 104). Main Outcome Measure Child body BMIz. Analysis Moderated multiple regression. Results An uninvolved feeding style moderated the relationship between emotional eating and BMIz such that children with higher emotional overeating scores had higher a BMIz in the presence of an uninvolved feeding style (B = 2.16; P = .01). Conclusions and Implications An uninvolved feeding style may be a risk factor for higher BMIz in preschoolers who tend to overeat to cope with negative emotions. For other children in this population, self-regulatory aspects of eating may be more important than mothers' feeding style in the maintenance of healthy weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-537.e1
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume48
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • body mass index
  • child
  • eating behavior
  • feeding styles
  • overeating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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