Ashleigh L. May

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BACKGROUND Research suggests that parents use specific child-feeding strategies to influence their child's weight based on perceptions and concerns about their child's overweight risk, but limited data are available on ethnically diverse low-income populations. OBJECTIVE This cross-sectional study examined associations between mothers' perception and(More)
OBJECTIVE Overweight and obesity during adolescence are associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. The objective of this study was to examine the recent trends in the prevalence of selected biological CVD risk factors and the prevalence of these risk factors by overweight/obesity status among US adolescents. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE This work describes the developmental course of adolescents' weight concerns and examines links with changes in parent-adolescent relationships for girls and boys. METHOD Adolescents and parents in 191 families participated in 3 annual home interviews; adolescents rated their weight concerns and their intimacy and conflict with parents. Parental(More)
PURPOSE Inaccurate weight perceptions may lead to unhealthy weight control practices among normal weight adolescents and to a greater risk of adult obesity and related morbidities for overweight adolescents. To examine which U.S. adolescents are at risk of these outcomes, we examine gender and racial/ethnic differences in weight perception inaccuracy. This(More)
We investigate sex and race/ethnic differences in adolescents' perceptions of the same objectively measured weight in a nationally representative US sample. At the same BMI z-score, girls perceive themselves as heavier than boys. Regardless of sex and relative to Whites, African-Americans perceive the same BMI z-score as leaner and Native Americans are more(More)
INTRODUCTION States and communities are considering policy and environmental strategies, including enacting legislation, to reduce and prevent childhood obesity. One legislative approach has been to create task forces to understand key issues and develop a course of action. The goal of this study was to describe state-level, childhood obesity task forces in(More)
High intake of fruits and vegetables (FV) is associated with a decreased risk for many chronic diseases and may assist in weight management, but few children and adolescents consume the recommended amounts of FV. The pediatric practitioner can positively influence FV consumption of children through patient-level interventions (eg, counseling, connecting(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests an association of breastfeeding with a maternal feeding style (MFS) that is less controlling than formula feeding, which, in turn, may improve a child's self-regulation of eating. This study examines associations of bottle-feeding practices during infancy with MFS and children's eating behavior (CEB) at 6 years old. METHODS We(More)
F B w n 2007-2008, the prevalence of obesity was 10% among 2to 5-year-old US children (1). Even in early childhood, significant racial/ethnic differences were apparnt. Approximately 9% of non-Hispanic white, 11% nonispanic black, and 14% of Hispanic 2to 5-year-old hildren were obese. Sex differences within racial/ethnic roups were also present. Obesity was(More)
Obesity is a major public health problem affecting adults and children in the United States. Since 1960, the prevalence of adult obesity in the United States has nearly tripled, from 13% in 1960-1962 to 36% during 2009-2010. Since 1970, the prevalence of obesity has more than tripled among children, from 5% in 1971-1974 to 17% in 2009-2010. Although the(More)