Reference : Family structure, body mass index and eating behaviour
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Family structure, body mass index and eating behaviour
Hasenböhler, Kathrin [> >]
Munsch, Simone [> >]
Meyer, Andrea H. [> >]
Käppler, Christoph [> >]
Vögele, Claus mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
International Journal of Eating Disorders
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[en] children ; overweight ; family structure ; eating behaviors ; hierarchy ; cohesion
[en] Objective: To explore associations between family structure, children’s body mass index (BMI), and eating behaviors of children and their mothers.
Method: Fifty-seven mothers and their children took part in an experimental study. BMI of children was measured. Mothers were asked to provide self- report data on sociodemographic back- ground, mental health, and eating behaviors about themselves and their children. Parent-child-dyads represented their family structure using the Family System Test.
Results: We found negative associations in typical family situations between family hierarchy and children’s BMI, mothers’ emotional eating and mothers’ restrained eating. Family cohesion and restrained eating of the children were also negatively correlated. We obtained positive associa- tions in typical and conflict family situa- tions between family cohesion and external eating of the children.
Discussion: We found indications that family structure is associated with overweight and with eating behavior in children and their mothers. VC 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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