An exploratory study of associations between Australian-Indian mothers' use of controlling feeding practices, concerns and perceptions of children's weight and children's picky eating

Jani Mehta, Rati, Mallan, Kimberley M., Mihrshahi, Seema, Mandalika, Subhadra and Daniels, Lynne A. (2014) An exploratory study of associations between Australian-Indian mothers' use of controlling feeding practices, concerns and perceptions of children's weight and children's picky eating. Nutrition and Dietetics, 71 1: 28-34. doi:10.1111/1747-0080.12046


Author Jani Mehta, Rati
Mallan, Kimberley M.
Mihrshahi, Seema
Mandalika, Subhadra
Daniels, Lynne A.
Title An exploratory study of associations between Australian-Indian mothers' use of controlling feeding practices, concerns and perceptions of children's weight and children's picky eating
Journal name Nutrition and Dietetics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0080
1446-6368
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12046
Volume 71
Issue 1
Start page 28
End page 34
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: This cross-sectional study explores associations between migrant Indian mothers' use of controlling feeding practices (pressure to eat, restriction and monitoring) and their concerns and perceptions regarding their children's weight and picky eating behaviour.

Methods: A total of 230 mothers with children aged 1-5 years, residing in Australia for 1-8 years, participated by completing a self-reported questionnaire.

Results: Perceptions and concerns regarding children's weight were not associated with any of the controlling feeding practices. A positive association was noted between pressure-feeding and perceptions of pickiness after adjusting for covariates: children's age, gender and weight-for-age Z-score. Girls, older children, and children with higher weight-for-age Z-scores were pressure-fed to a greater extent.

Conclusions: This study supports the generalisation of findings from Caucasian literature that pressure-feeding and perceptions of pickiness are positively related.
Keyword Culture
Feeding practice
Migrant Indian
Picky eating
Pressure-feeding
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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