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Positive maternal attitude to the family eating together decreases the risk of adolescent overweight.
Obes Res. 2005 Aug; 13(8):1422-30.OR

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To determine whether maternal attitude towards the family regularly eating together and maternal report of how often the family eat together are associated with adolescent offspring overweight.

RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES

A cross-sectional mother-child-linked analysis was carried out using 14-year follow-up data from a population-based prospective birth cohort of 3795 children (52% males) who were participants in the Mater-University study of pregnancy, Brisbane, Australia. Maternal reports on family eating pattern reported at age 14 were used.

RESULTS

The prevalence of overweight at age 14 was 24.1% (95% confidence interval (CI), 22.3, 26.1) for males and 27.1% (CI, 25.1, 29.2) for females. The majority of mothers (78%) reported that the family ate together at least once a day, but only 43% reported that they felt that family eating together was important. The offspring of women who felt that the family eating together was not important had increased odds of being overweight at age 14 (odds ratio, 1.27; 95% CI, 1.05, 1.53) in age- and sex-adjusted models. Adjustment for potential confounding factors had no substantive effect on the association. There was no association between maternal reports of how often the family actually did eat together and overweight at age 14 in the offspring.

DISCUSSION

These findings suggest that maternal attitude towards family eating patterns, but not maternal report of how often the family do eat together, are associated with childhood overweight status. Maternal attitude towards family eating (as opposed to a report of actual frequency at one time-point) may reflect broader maternal influences (beyond family eating pattern) on their child's diet and eating patterns over a long time course.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Longitudinal Studies Unit, School of Population Health, Herston, QLD 4006, Australia. mamun@sph.uq.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16129725

Citation

Mamun, Abdullah A., et al. "Positive Maternal Attitude to the Family Eating Together Decreases the Risk of Adolescent Overweight." Obesity Research, vol. 13, no. 8, 2005, pp. 1422-30.
Mamun AA, Lawlor DA, O'Callaghan MJ, et al. Positive maternal attitude to the family eating together decreases the risk of adolescent overweight. Obes Res. 2005;13(8):1422-30.
Mamun, A. A., Lawlor, D. A., O'Callaghan, M. J., Williams, G. M., & Najman, J. M. (2005). Positive maternal attitude to the family eating together decreases the risk of adolescent overweight. Obesity Research, 13(8), 1422-30.
Mamun AA, et al. Positive Maternal Attitude to the Family Eating Together Decreases the Risk of Adolescent Overweight. Obes Res. 2005;13(8):1422-30. PubMed PMID: 16129725.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Positive maternal attitude to the family eating together decreases the risk of adolescent overweight. AU - Mamun,Abdullah A, AU - Lawlor,Debbie A, AU - O'Callaghan,Michael J, AU - Williams,Gail M, AU - Najman,Jake M, PY - 2005/9/1/pubmed PY - 2005/12/13/medline PY - 2005/9/1/entrez SP - 1422 EP - 30 JF - Obesity research JO - Obes Res VL - 13 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To determine whether maternal attitude towards the family regularly eating together and maternal report of how often the family eat together are associated with adolescent offspring overweight. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: A cross-sectional mother-child-linked analysis was carried out using 14-year follow-up data from a population-based prospective birth cohort of 3795 children (52% males) who were participants in the Mater-University study of pregnancy, Brisbane, Australia. Maternal reports on family eating pattern reported at age 14 were used. RESULTS: The prevalence of overweight at age 14 was 24.1% (95% confidence interval (CI), 22.3, 26.1) for males and 27.1% (CI, 25.1, 29.2) for females. The majority of mothers (78%) reported that the family ate together at least once a day, but only 43% reported that they felt that family eating together was important. The offspring of women who felt that the family eating together was not important had increased odds of being overweight at age 14 (odds ratio, 1.27; 95% CI, 1.05, 1.53) in age- and sex-adjusted models. Adjustment for potential confounding factors had no substantive effect on the association. There was no association between maternal reports of how often the family actually did eat together and overweight at age 14 in the offspring. DISCUSSION: These findings suggest that maternal attitude towards family eating patterns, but not maternal report of how often the family do eat together, are associated with childhood overweight status. Maternal attitude towards family eating (as opposed to a report of actual frequency at one time-point) may reflect broader maternal influences (beyond family eating pattern) on their child's diet and eating patterns over a long time course. SN - 1071-7323 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16129725/Positive_maternal_attitude_to_the_family_eating_together_decreases_the_risk_of_adolescent_overweight_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2005.172 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -