Kids EAT!

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Kids EAT! is a mixed-methods study that seeks to deepen our understanding of the types of food-related parenting practices used by racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse parents of young children and the impact that these feeding practices have on children's eating behaviors and weight outcomes. This project will begin with in-depth interviews to identify a broad scope of food-related parenting practices and the momentary factors that influence them. Parent responses will then inform the development - and adaptation of measures for use within an Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) protocol. Finally, an EMA study will explore within- and between-parent fluctuations in food-related parenting practices and will identify momentary influences on parents' use of food-related parenting practices. Knowledge gained and data collected from the proposed research will improve our understanding of the use and impact of food-related parenting practices on weight-related outcomes in children.  Findings will be useful for parents and primary and primary care providers as they seek to improve the dietary intake and eating behaviors of the children in their care.

Research Update: Dr. Loth has recently launched two COVID-19 Rapid Response studies in which members of the Kids EAT! Cohort will be engaged to deepen our understanding of how families with young children are being impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The goal of this work is to identify ways to best support families during this challenging time.

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  • NIH NICHD (NIH5K23HD090324)
  • University of Minnesota CTSI-Ed K-R01 Transition to Independence Grant
    Exploring the momentary mechanisms of a broad range of food-related parenting practices among racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse parent-child dyads
  • University of Minnesota (UMN) Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Children’s Minnesota, and the UMN Department of Pediatrics
    Working Together, From a Distance: A qualitative exploration into how to best tailor our public health to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • University of Minnesota COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant
    Minnesota Families: Understanding how to best tailor our public health responses to support families during COVID-19

Principal Investigator

Katie Loth, PhD, MPH
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Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE
University of Minnesota

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH
University of Minnesota

James Hodges, PhD
University of Minnesota

Jenn Fischer, RD, LD
Temple University

Ross Crosby, PhD
Sanford Health Research