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Research Project: Childhood Obesity Prevention

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Food parenting measurement issues: Working group consensus report

Author
item Hughes, Sheryl - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item Frankel, Leslie - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item Beltran, Alicia - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item Hodges, Eric - University Of North Carolina
item Hoerr, Sharon - Michigan State University
item Lumeng, Julie - University Of Michigan Medical School
item Tovar, Alison - University Of Rhode Island
item Kremers, Stef - Maastricht University

Submitted to: Childhood Obesity
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/25/2013
Publication Date: 8/12/2013
Citation: Hughes, S.O., Frankel, L.A., Beltran, A., Hodges, E., Hoerr, S., Lumeng, J., Tovar, A., Kremers, S. 2013. Food parenting measurement issues: Working group consensus report. Childhood Obesity. 9:s95-s102.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Childhood obesity is a growing problem. As more researchers become involved in the study of parenting influences on childhood obesity, there appears to be a lack of agreement regarding the most important parenting constructs of interest, definitions of those constructs, and measurement of those constructs in a consistent manner across studies. This article aims to summarize findings from a working group that convened specifically to discuss measurement issues related to parental influences on childhood obesity. Six subgroups were formed to address key measurement issues. In the creation of new measures, it is important to consider cultural sensitivity and context-specific food parenting domains. Moderating variables such as child temperament and child food preferences should be considered in models.