This cross-sectional analysis of the Minnesota Now Everybody Together for Amazing Healthful Kids (NET-Works) study evaluated whether SNAP participation was associated with specific parental feeding styles and child eating behaviors. Associations between parent-reported feeding styles and child eating behaviors and SNAP participation were examined using multiple linear regression analyses and responses from 534 parent/child dyads (49.1% female children, 91.7% female parents). SNAP participation was not associated with specific feeding styles or child eating behaviors when adjusting for food insecurity, timing in SNAP cycle, and other covariates in this large, ethnically and racially diverse sample of predominantly mothers and preschool-aged children. Other factors, such as food insecurity, not SNAP participation, may influence parental feeding and child eating behaviors, and screening by health care providers is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-37
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024

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Funding Information:
MOB receives research support from Vivus, Inc.

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  • SNAP
  • child eating behaviors
  • childhood obesity
  • food insecurity
  • parental feeding

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article


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