Parent Feeding Practices in the Context of Food Insecurity

R. Arlinghaus, Melissa N. Laska

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The process of feeding is complex and highly dependent on parent, child, social, and environmental factors. Given the rising rates of food insecurity and concomitant poor nutrition and health, the purpose of this article was to outline the important and complex ways in which the context of food insecurity can impact parent feeding practices. Key factors discussed here include the impact of food insecurity on: Expectations for motherhood, structural constraints, stress and depression, parents’ perceptions of health and child weight, and intergenerational transmission of parent feeding practices. Future research needs are also identified and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number366
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 6 2021

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  • Child feeding
  • Food insecurity
  • Motherhood
  • Parent feeding practices
  • Poverty
  • Food Supply
  • Body Weight
  • Humans
  • Food Insecurity
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Child

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Review
  • Journal Article


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