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Research Project: Preventing the Development of Childhood Obesity

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Precision food parenting: A proposed conceptual model and research agenda

item BARANOWSKI, TOM - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item Thompson, Deborah - Debbe
item HUGHES, SHERYL - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item O'CONNOR, TERESIA - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)

Submitted to: Nutrients
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/11/2021
Publication Date: 10/19/2021
Citation: Baranowski, T., Thompson, D.J., Hughes, S.O., O'Connor, T.M. 2021. Precision food parenting: A proposed conceptual model and research agenda. Nutrients. 13(10):3650.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Precision medicine, nutrition and behavioral interventions are attempting to move beyond the specification of therapies applied to groups, since some people benefit, some do not and some are harmed by the same therapy. Instead, precision therapies are attempting to employ diverse sets of data to individualize or tailor interventions to optimize the benefits for the receiving individuals. The benefits to be achieved are mostly in the distant future, but the research needs to start now. While precision pediatric nutrition will combine diverse demographic, behavioral and biological variables to specify the optimal foods a child should eat to optimize health, precision food parenting will combine diverse parent and child psychosocial and related variables to identify the optimal parenting practices to help a specific child accept and consume the precision nutrition specified foods. This paper presents a conceptual overview and hypothetical model of factors we believe are needed to operationalize precision food parenting and a proposed research agenda to better understand the many specified relationships, how they change over the age of the child, and how to operationalize them to encourage food parenting practices most likely to be effective at promoting healthy child food choices.