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Associations between maternal concern about child's weight and related behaviours and maternal weight-related parenting practices: a cross-sectional study.
Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018 10 24; 15(1):104.IJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Parents influence their children's weight-related behaviours through their parenting practices, which are often a focal point of obesity prevention interventions. This study examined associations of maternal concern about their child's weight, dietary intake, physical activity, and media use with maternal food, physical activity, and media parenting practices.

METHODS

Mothers (n = 310) reported their level of concern regarding their child's weight and related behaviours and their weight-related parenting practices when their child was 5 years of age as part of the Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program. We used linear regression analyses with estimation by generalized estimating equations to examine associations of maternal concern and maternal parenting practices.

RESULTS

Slightly more than 60% of mothers reported at least one concern related to their children's weight or related behaviours. Excessive media use was the most commonly endorsed concern among mothers (45.2%). Compared to mothers who were unconcerned about their child's weight, mothers who were concerned about their child weighing too much reported higher levels of controlling feeding practices, i.e., restrictive feeding, lower levels of co-participation of physical activity, and higher levels of using media to control child behaviour. Mothers who were concerned their child weighed too little reported higher levels of controlling feeding practices, i.e., restrictive feeding, pressure to eat. Similarly, mothers who were concerned about their child's eating (eating too much or too little) reported higher levels of controlling feeding practices. Mothers who were concerned about their child using too much media reported higher levels of using media to regulate their child's behaviour and providing opportunities for their child to use media.

CONCLUSION

Mothers who were concerned about their child's weight, dietary intake, physical activity and media use reported higher levels of controlling parenting practices, i.e., pressure to eat, and lower levels of health promoting parenting practices, i.e., co-participation in physical activity. Longitudinal research is needed to elucidate temporal order and specific mechanisms of these associations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON, N1H 2W1, Canada. jhaines@uoguelph.ca.Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON, N1H 2W1, Canada.Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30355337

Citation

Haines, Jess, et al. "Associations Between Maternal Concern About Child's Weight and Related Behaviours and Maternal Weight-related Parenting Practices: a Cross-sectional Study." The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol. 15, no. 1, 2018, p. 104.
Haines J, Downing KL, Tang L, et al. Associations between maternal concern about child's weight and related behaviours and maternal weight-related parenting practices: a cross-sectional study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018;15(1):104.
Haines, J., Downing, K. L., Tang, L., Campbell, K. J., & Hesketh, K. D. (2018). Associations between maternal concern about child's weight and related behaviours and maternal weight-related parenting practices: a cross-sectional study. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15(1), 104. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-018-0738-5
Haines J, et al. Associations Between Maternal Concern About Child's Weight and Related Behaviours and Maternal Weight-related Parenting Practices: a Cross-sectional Study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018 10 24;15(1):104. PubMed PMID: 30355337.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Associations between maternal concern about child's weight and related behaviours and maternal weight-related parenting practices: a cross-sectional study. AU - Haines,Jess, AU - Downing,Katherine L, AU - Tang,Lisa, AU - Campbell,Karen J, AU - Hesketh,Kylie D, Y1 - 2018/10/24/ PY - 2018/06/20/received PY - 2018/10/16/accepted PY - 2018/10/26/entrez PY - 2018/10/26/pubmed PY - 2019/1/17/medline KW - Food parenting KW - Maternal concern KW - Media parenting KW - Physical activity parenting KW - Weight SP - 104 EP - 104 JF - The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity JO - Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act VL - 15 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Parents influence their children's weight-related behaviours through their parenting practices, which are often a focal point of obesity prevention interventions. This study examined associations of maternal concern about their child's weight, dietary intake, physical activity, and media use with maternal food, physical activity, and media parenting practices. METHODS: Mothers (n = 310) reported their level of concern regarding their child's weight and related behaviours and their weight-related parenting practices when their child was 5 years of age as part of the Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program. We used linear regression analyses with estimation by generalized estimating equations to examine associations of maternal concern and maternal parenting practices. RESULTS: Slightly more than 60% of mothers reported at least one concern related to their children's weight or related behaviours. Excessive media use was the most commonly endorsed concern among mothers (45.2%). Compared to mothers who were unconcerned about their child's weight, mothers who were concerned about their child weighing too much reported higher levels of controlling feeding practices, i.e., restrictive feeding, lower levels of co-participation of physical activity, and higher levels of using media to control child behaviour. Mothers who were concerned their child weighed too little reported higher levels of controlling feeding practices, i.e., restrictive feeding, pressure to eat. Similarly, mothers who were concerned about their child's eating (eating too much or too little) reported higher levels of controlling feeding practices. Mothers who were concerned about their child using too much media reported higher levels of using media to regulate their child's behaviour and providing opportunities for their child to use media. CONCLUSION: Mothers who were concerned about their child's weight, dietary intake, physical activity and media use reported higher levels of controlling parenting practices, i.e., pressure to eat, and lower levels of health promoting parenting practices, i.e., co-participation in physical activity. Longitudinal research is needed to elucidate temporal order and specific mechanisms of these associations. SN - 1479-5868 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30355337/Associations_between_maternal_concern_about_child's_weight_and_related_behaviours_and_maternal_weight_related_parenting_practices:_a_cross_sectional_study_ L2 - https://ijbnpa.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12966-018-0738-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -