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An exploration of the frequency, location, and content of parents' health- and weight-focused conversations with their children and associations with child weight status

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  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Minneapolis, MN, United States
    • Keywords:
      Weight-focused conversations
      Healthy eating
      Parenting
      Children
      Childhood obesity
    • Abstract:
      Introduction Although parental weight-focused conversations with children have been associated with more unhealthy weight and weight-related outcomes in children and adolescents, little is known about the content and context of these conversations or conversations about healthy eating in the home environment. This study examines the frequency, location, and content of health- and weight-focused conversations in the home environment and examines the association between specific types of health- and weight-focused conversations with child overweight status.
    • Abstract:
      Results Parents reported having more health-focused conversations with their child compared to weight-focused conversations; parents of children who were overweight had more frequent health- and weight-focused conversations than parents of children who were not overweight. The most frequent location for these conversations was during a family meal. In addition, parental health- and weight-focused conversations were more common with overweight children (p < 0.05). Open-ended, write-in responses from parents for both health- and weight-focused conversations included conversations about moderation/portion control, unhealthy foods, and healthy foods.
    • Abstract:
      Discussion Open-ended, write-in results suggested that parental conversations about healthy eating were similar to conversations about weight. Results of this mixed-methods study provide an incremental next step in better understanding the nature of parental health- and weight-focused conversations with children.
    • Abstract:
      @@@@Highlights •Parental weight talk with children most frequently occurred at family meals•Parents most frequently reported conversations about healthy foods with their child•Health-focused conversations were significantly associated with child weight status•Health-focused language was qualitatively similar to weight-focused language
    • ISSN:
      1471-0153
    • Accession Number:
      10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.007
    • Accession Number:
      S1471015317302040
    • Copyright:
      © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TROFHOLZ, A. C.; TATE, A. D.; BERGE, J. M. An exploration of the frequency, location, and content of parents’ health- and weight-focused conversations with their children and associations with child weight status. Eating Behaviors, [s. l.], v. 29, p. 137–143, 2018. DOI 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.007. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edselp&AN=S1471015317302040. Acesso em: 20 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Trofholz AC, Tate AD, Berge JM. An exploration of the frequency, location, and content of parents’ health- and weight-focused conversations with their children and associations with child weight status. Eating Behaviors. 2018;29:137-143. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.007
    • APA:
      Trofholz, A. C., Tate, A. D., & Berge, J. M. (2018). An exploration of the frequency, location, and content of parents’ health- and weight-focused conversations with their children and associations with child weight status. Eating Behaviors, 29, 137–143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.007
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Trofholz, Amanda C., Allan D. Tate, and Jerica M. Berge. 2018. “An Exploration of the Frequency, Location, and Content of Parents’ Health- and Weight-Focused Conversations with Their Children and Associations with Child Weight Status.” Eating Behaviors 29 (April): 137–43. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.007.
    • Harvard:
      Trofholz, A. C., Tate, A. D. and Berge, J. M. (2018) ‘An exploration of the frequency, location, and content of parents’ health- and weight-focused conversations with their children and associations with child weight status’, Eating Behaviors, 29, pp. 137–143. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.007.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Trofholz, AC, Tate, AD & Berge, JM 2018, ‘An exploration of the frequency, location, and content of parents’ health- and weight-focused conversations with their children and associations with child weight status’, Eating Behaviors, vol. 29, pp. 137–143, viewed 20 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Trofholz, Amanda C., et al. “An Exploration of the Frequency, Location, and Content of Parents’ Health- and Weight-Focused Conversations with Their Children and Associations with Child Weight Status.” Eating Behaviors, vol. 29, Apr. 2018, pp. 137–143. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.007.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Trofholz, Amanda C., Allan D. Tate, and Jerica M. Berge. “An Exploration of the Frequency, Location, and Content of Parents’ Health- and Weight-Focused Conversations with Their Children and Associations with Child Weight Status.” Eating Behaviors 29 (April 1, 2018): 137–43. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.03.007.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Trofholz AC, Tate AD, Berge JM. An exploration of the frequency, location, and content of parents’ health- and weight-focused conversations with their children and associations with child weight status. Eating Behaviors [Internet]. 2018 Apr 1 [cited 2020 Sep 20];29:137–43. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edselp&AN=S1471015317302040