Retrospective reports of child feeding practices, current eating behaviors, and BMI in college students

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Research concerning child feeding practices has focused on children and adolescents, and little is known about how feeding practices used in childhood relate to eating behaviors and weight status in early adulthood. We assessed college students' and their parents' retrospective reports of child feeding practices used when the students were in middle childhood. We also assessed the college students' current reports of their eating behaviors using the Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire (DEBQ) and the Intuitive Eating Scale (IES), and measured their current BMI. Results showed that college students' and their parents' reports about previous parental use of child feeding practices were not correlated. Parent reports of their own use of child feeding practices were more related to students' eating behaviors and BMI than were students' recollections about feeding practices used by their parents. An analysis of gender effects showed that there were positive correlations between parental child feeding practices, BMI, and emotional eating for female students. These relationships did not exist for male students. The results suggest that child feeding practices recollected by parents are linked to the development of emotional eating and weight status of women in early adulthood.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1330-1335
Number of pages6
JournalObesity
Volume18
Issue number7
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StatePublished - Jul 2010

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  • young adult, emotions, questionnaires, sex characteristics, humans, retrospective studies, child, body mass index, students, feeding behavior, memory, child rearing, adult, follow-up studies, middle aged, universities, parents, adolescent, female, male

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