Relationships between temperament and eating behaviours in young children

Emma Haycraft, Claire Farrow, Caroline Meyer, Faye Powell, Jackie Blissett

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This study examined the associations between eating behaviours and temperament in a sample of young children. Mothers (N=241) of children aged 3-8 years completed measures of their children's eating behaviours and temperament and reported their child's height and weight. Children with more emotional temperaments were reported to display more food avoidant eating behaviours. Shyness, sociability and activity were not related to children's eating behaviours. Higher child BMI was related to more food approach eating behaviours but BMI was unrelated to child temperament. Future research should explore more specifically how emotional temperaments might influence child eating behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-692
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Appetite. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Haycraft, E, Farrow, C, Meyer, C, Powell, F & Blissett, J, 'Relationships between temperament and eating behaviours in young children' Appetite, vol 56, no. 3 (2011) DOI


  • questionnaires
  • body height
  • child behavior
  • child nutritional physiological phenomena
  • humans
  • social behavior
  • child
  • body mass index
  • feeding behavior
  • body weight
  • temperament
  • fFmale
  • male
  • emotionality
  • overweight
  • fussy eating
  • feeding problems
  • eating behaviour
  • shyness
  • sociability
  • activity


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