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.
Loth KA, Uy MJA, Winkler MR, Neumark-Sztainer D, Fisher JO, Berge JM. The intergenerational transmission of family meal practices: a mixed-methods study of parents of young children. Public Health Nutr. 2019;22(7):1269-1280. doi:10.1017/S1368980018003920
Uy MJA, Pereira MA, Berge JM, Loth KA. How Should We Approach and Discuss Children's Weight With Parents? A Qualitative Analysis of Recommendations From Parents of Preschool-Aged Children to Physicians. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019;58(2):226-237. doi:10.1177/0009922818812489
Loth KA, Nogueira de Brito J, Neumark-Sztainer D, Fisher JO, Berge JM. A Qualitative Exploration Into the Parent-Child Feeding Relationship: How Parents of Preschoolers Divide the Responsibilities of Feeding With Their Children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018;50(7):655-667. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2018.03.004
Loth KA, Uy M, Neumark-Sztainer D, Fisher JO, Berge JM. A qualitative exploration into momentary impacts on food parenting practices among parents of pre-school aged children. Appetite. 2018;130:35-44. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2018.07.027
- 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