All in the Family

All in the Family is a secondary data analysis of data from two linked National Institutes of Health-funded studies (Project EAT and F-EAT). It examines the relationship between multiple family members' weight and weight-related behaviors, adolescents' body mass index (BMI), dietary intake, and physical activity. Berge serves as co-prinicpal investigator.

Results will inform methodological considerations for data collection with youth and their families and public health intervention efforts targeting youth obesity.

Study Details

  • Identify whether, and how, multiple family members' weight and weight-related behaviors are associated with adolescents' BMI score, overweight status, dietary intake, and physical activity
  • Identify whether the association between parents' and adolescents' weight and weight-related behaviors vary by child (i.e., sibling dyads in the same home)
  • Identify concordance and discordance among family members regarding aspects of the weight culture in the home environment (e.g., weight talk/teasing, support for physical activity) and determine associations with adolescent BMI, overweight status, dietary intake, and physical activity


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Publications are ordered by the year they were published.


Berge JM, Meyer C, MacLehose RF, Loth K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Do parents treat siblings similarly or differently with regard to feeding practices, weight-related conversations, and support for physical activity? An exploratory analysisChild Obes. 2016;12(2):87-93.

Berge JM, MacLehose RF, Meyer C, Didericksen K, Loth KA, Neumark-Sztainer D. He said, she said: examining parental concordance on home environment factors and adolescent health behaviors and weight statusJ Acad Nutr Diet. 2016;116(1):46-60.


Berge JM, Meyer CS, Loth K, MacLehose R, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parent/adolescent weight status concordance and parent feeding practicesPediatrics. 2015;136(3):e591-8.

Berge JM, Meyer C, MacLehose RF, Crichlow R, Neumark-Sztainer D. All in the family: correlations between parents' and adolescent siblings' weight and weight-related behaviorsObesity (Silver Spring). 2015;23(4):833-9.

Berge JM, MacLehose RF, Loth KA, Eisenberg ME, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parent-adolescent conversations about eating, physical activity and weight: prevalence across sociodemographic characteristics and associations with adolescent weight and weight-related behaviorsJ Behav Med. 2015;38(1):122-35.


Berge JM, Meyer C, MacLehose RF, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. Nonresident parental influence on adolescent weight and weight-related behaviors: similar or different from resident parental influence? Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2014;11:131.

Dideriksen K, Berge JM, Hannan PJ, Harris SM, MacLehose R, Neumark-Sztainer D. (in press). Utilizing Family Systems Theory to understand adolescent disordered eating behaviors: Exploring the implications of triadic family discordFamily Systems and Health.


Berge JM, Maclehose R, Loth KA, Eisenberg M, Bucchianeri MM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parent conversations about healthful eating and weight: associations with adolescent disordered eating behaviorsJAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(8):746-53.