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Title: Controlling feeding practices: cause or consequence of early child weight?
Authors: Farrow, Claire V.
Blissett, Jacqueline
Keywords: Child
Feeding practice
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © American Academy of Pediatrics
Citation: FARROW, C.V. and BLISSETT, J., 2008. Controlling feeding practices: cause or consequence of early child weight? Pediatrics, 121 (1), pp. e164 - e169.
Abstract: 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.
Description: This article is closed access. It was published in the journal Pediatrics [© American Academy of Pediatrics] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2006-3437
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2006-3437
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/10253
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2006-3437
ISSN: 0031-4005
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