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Confirmatory factor analysis of the Child Feeding Questionnaire: a measure of parental attitudes, beliefs and practices about child feeding and obesity proneness
Four of the seven factors measuring parental beliefs related to child's obesity proneness were related to an independent measure of children's weight status, providing initial support for the validity of the instrument. Expand
Development of food preferences.
  • L. Birch
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Annual review of nutrition
  • 1999
Whether genetic predispositions are manifested in food preferences that foster healthy diets depends on the eating environment, including food availability and child-feeding practices of the adults. Expand
Development of eating behaviors among children and adolescents.
Initial evidence indicates that imposition of stringent parental controls can potentiate preferences for high-fat, energy-dense foods, limit children's acceptance of a variety of foods, and disrupt children's regulation of energy intake by altering children's responsiveness to internal cues of hunger and satiety. Expand
Childhood overweight: a contextual model and recommendations for future research
  • K. Davison, L. Birch
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Obesity reviews : an official journal of the…
  • 1 August 2001
It is concluded that future research needs to adopt a broader contextual approach in order to understand and intervene against the processes leading to the development of overweight among children and that the use of theories or paradigms such as EST will facilitate developing and testing models of causal processes. Expand
Does parenting affect children's eating and weight status?
  • A. Ventura, L. Birch
  • Medicine
  • The international journal of behavioral nutrition…
  • 17 March 2008
The extent to which current evidence supports the hypothesis that parenting, via its effects on children's eating, is causally implicated in childhood obesity is assessed to be questionable. Expand
Parental Influence on Eating Behavior: Conception to Adolescence
To meet the challenge of promoting healthy weight in children in the current eating environment, parents need guidance regarding alternatives to traditional feeding practices. Expand
Mothers' child-feeding practices influence daughters' eating and weight.
  • L. Birch, J. Fisher
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American journal of clinical nutrition
  • 1 May 2000
Child-specific aspects of the family environment, including mothers' child-feeding practices and perceptions of their daughters' risk of overweight, may represent important, nonshared, environmental influences on daughters' eating and relative weight. Expand
Parent-child feeding strategies and their relationships to child eating and weight status.
Parental feeding restriction, but no other feeding domain, was associated with increased child eating and weight status, and longitudinal studies are needed to test underlying causal pathways, including bidirectional causal models, and to substantiate findings in the presence of other obesity risk factors. Expand
Restricting Access to Foods and Children's Eating
Information on child and parent adiposity as well as parents' restrained and disinhibited eating was used to examine "risk" factors for restricting access, and maternal restriction, in turn, was predicted by children's adiposity. Expand
Parents' activity-related parenting practices predict girls' physical activity.
The positive contribution that parents can have on activity practices of their young daughters is indicated, and links between activity-related parenting strategies and girls' physical activity patterns are examined. Expand