Food hiding and weight control behaviors among ethnically diverse, overweight adolescents. Associations with parental food restriction, food monitoring, and dissatisfaction with adolescent body shape

Den Yelle Baete Kenyon, Jayne A. Fulkerson, Harsohena Kaur

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Abstract

The present study aims to extend previous research conducted with children by examining associations between parental behaviors (food restriction, food monitoring) and parental perceptions (dissatisfaction with adolescent body shape) with adolescent behaviors (food hiding and weight control behaviors) among an ethnically diverse sample of overweight adolescents. Survey data were collected from overweight adolescents and their parents/guardians (n = 116 dyads) at an urban Midwest adolescent health clinic. Adjusting for parent and adolescent demographic characteristics, logistic regression analyses revealed a significant positive association between parental food restriction and adolescent food hiding. No significant associations were found between dissatisfaction with adolescent body shape or parental food monitoring and adolescent food hiding and adolescent weight control behaviors when controlling for demographic factors. Interventions with parents of overweight adolescents should focus on helping parents talk with their adolescents about weight concerns in a non-judgmental way and teaching parents strategies to both create a healthful home food environment and guide and support their adolescents to lose weight in a healthful manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-272
Number of pages7
JournalAppetite
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Dissatisfaction with adolescent body shape
  • Food hiding
  • Food monitoring
  • Food restriction
  • Overweight
  • Parent feeding practices
  • Parent food behaviors
  • Weight control behaviors

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