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Grazing in children: associations with child's characteristics and parental feeding practices.

Authors
  • Conceição, Eva M1
  • Pinheiro, Joana2
  • Félix, Sílvia2
  • Ramalho, Sofia2
  • Gonçalves, Sónia2
  • 1 School of Psychology, University of Minho, Campus Gualtar, 4710-057, Braga, Portugal. [email protected] , (Portugal)
  • 2 School of Psychology, University of Minho, Campus Gualtar, 4710-057, Braga, Portugal. , (Portugal)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia Bulimia and Obesity
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2021
Volume
26
Issue
2
Pages
439–447
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s40519-020-00866-y
PMID: 32060806
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Grazing is a problematic eating behavior linked with poor weight loss outcomes, disordered eating psychopathology, and psychological distress in the adult population. However, no study assessed this behavior in children. Childhood is an important time frame for the development and maintenance of healthy eating habits, which can be influenced by children's psychological state, eating habits, and parental practices. This study investigates the associations between grazing behavior in children and children's psychological variables (anxiety, depression and withdrawn symptoms, body image dissatisfaction), children eating habits, and parental feeding practices. In this cross-sectional study, 330 primary school students (6-10 years old) and their parents completed measures assessing children's grazing, anxiety/depression and withdrawn symptoms, body image dissatisfaction, children eating habits and style, and parental feeding practices. The path analysis tested showed that more restrictive parental feeding practices, inappropriate children eating habits, children's anxiety/depression symptoms, and body image dissatisfaction were associated with increased grazing scores (CMIN = 12.679; DF = 11; p = 0.315; RMSEA = 0.025; CFI = 0.990; NFI = 0.935; TLI = 0.982; IFI = 0.991; SRMR = 0.045). Grazing tends to occur in a context of children's psychological distress, inappropriate children eating habits, and restrictive parental feeding practices. These variables should be addressed for the improvement of healthy eating habits and in weight-loss interventions for children. Level V, cross-sectional descriptive study.

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