Parent-child interactions and obesity prevention: a systematic review of the literature

Helen Skouteris, Marita McCabe, Lina A. Ricciardelli, Jeannette Milgrom, Louise A. Baur, Nazan Aksan, Daniela Dell'Aquila

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Abstract

Child obesity research has generally not examined multiple layers of parent-child relationships during weight-related activities such as feeding, eating and play. A literature review was conducted to locate empirical studies that measured parent-child interactions and child eating and child weight variables; five papers met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review. The findings of the review revealed that parent-child relationships are an important element in explaining the unhealthy trend of childhood obesity. We argue that prevention/intervention strategies must extend on the current models of parenting by targeting the family from a bi-directional perspective, and focusing, specifically, on the mutually responsive orientation that exists in the parent-child relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-174
Number of pages22
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume182
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • childhood obesity
  • mutually responsive orientation
  • parent-child interactions
  • public health

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Skouteris, H., McCabe, M., Ricciardelli, L. A., Milgrom, J., Baur, L. A., Aksan, N., & Dell'Aquila, D. (2012). Parent-child interactions and obesity prevention: a systematic review of the literature. Early Child Development and Care, 182(2), 153-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2010.548606