The Association Between Acculturation and Parental Feeding Practices in Families With Overweight and Obese Hispanic/Latino Children

Cynthia M. Mojica, Yuanyuan Liang, Byron A. Foster, Deborah Parra-Medina

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Abstract

This study examines the association between acculturation and parental feeding practices in low-income Latinos. Overweight/obese children (N = 117), aged 5 to 14 years, and their parents were recruited from a rural health clinic. Findings show that more acculturated parents have greater control over their child's eating behavior (P =.04). Parents who perceive their child as having a weight problem also have more control over their child's eating behavior (P =.02). Control measured from regulation of how much and when the child should eat to offering sweets and screen time for good behavior. Results underscore the need for interventions to consider parental acculturation and perceptions of child weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-188
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

Keywords

  • Latino families
  • acculturation
  • feeding practices
  • parenting strategies
  • sedentary behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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