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Early maternal feeding practices: Associations with overweight later in childhood

NZ Research Abstract

posted by Research Admin on 15 October 2018


Jill Haszard
Catherine G. Russell
Rebecca A. Byrne
Rachael W. Taylor
Karen J. Campbell

Year of Publication



Appetite, 132, 91-96

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status



Using data from trials across Australia and New Zealand, the authors examined whether feeding practices used by mothers when their child was less than 2 years of age were related to overweight status at ages 3.5 and 5 years. Some of the findings of the study were that parents who restricted their child's intake of less healthy food when they were under 2 years had children with a significantly lower risk of being overweight at 5 years; and that using food to soothe child emotions, and pressuring the child to eat more can be associated with an increased risk of being overweight.

Type of Study

Quantitative, Longitudinal

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