Maternal concerns about children overeating among low-income children_2016.pdf

<div>Addressing overeating is essential to obesity treatment and prevention. The objectives of this study were to investigate</div><div>maternal concern for child overeating, to identify associated participant characteristics and to determine</div><div>if concern for child overeating is associated with maternal feeding practices. Low-income mothers (N =</div><div>289) of children (mean age 70.8 months) participated in a semi-structured interview. Themes of maternal concern</div><div>for child overeating were identified and a coding scheme was reliably applied. Maternal feeding practices</div><div>were measured by questionnaire and videotaped eating interactions. Logistic regressions were used to test the</div><div>associations of participant characteristics with the presence of each theme, and bivariate analyses were used to</div><div>test the associations of the presence of each theme with feeding practices. Three themes were identified:</div><div>1)mothersworry that their child does overeat, 2) mothers acknowledge that their child may overeat but indicate</div><div>that it is not problematic because they manage their child's eating behavior, and 3) mothers acknowledge that</div><div>their child may overeat but indicate that it is not problematic because of characteristics inherent to the child.</div><div>Child obesity predicted the themes; mothers of obese and overweight children are more likely to be concerned</div><div>about overeating. Themes were associated with lower levels of observed pressure to eat. Only Theme 2 was</div><div>associated with greater restrictive feeding practices. Interventions that provide parents' practical, healthy ways</div><div>to prevent child overeating may be helpful.</div>