Choices, choices, choices : the use of dietary rules and routines in the feeding of toddlers and preschoolers

Jacquier, Emma and Gatrell, Anthony Charles (2016) Choices, choices, choices : the use of dietary rules and routines in the feeding of toddlers and preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48 (7 Supp). S63. ISSN 1878-2620

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Objective Young children depend on caregivers to make healthy food choices on their behalf. This research aims to provide an understanding of the lived experience of caregivers who must devise strategies in order to provide healthy foods and beverages to toddlers and preschoolers. Design, Setting, and Participants In-depth, in-home interviews (n=17) were conducted with caregivers (14 = female, 3 = male, ages = 20-46y, low to high income) in Switzerland. The model, “Food Choice Process over the Life Course”, was used as a theoretical framework. The interviews explored experiences, attitudes and perceptions about the provision of foods and beverages to children (1-5y). Outcome Measures and Analysis Interview transcripts underwent a thematic analysis and key themes were developed from the data. Results A key theme identified dietary rules and routines enacted in the family setting to influence feeding behavior. Rules and routines centered on foods and beverages to be encouraged or limited; finishing, or not, the entire meal; and the consumption of dessert items following meals. Participants recounted that dietary rules originated from childhood memories, or, via public health information sources. Conclusions and Implications Dietary rules and routines provided short-cuts for caregivers to standardize feeding practices. The origin of dietary rules in childhood memories is consistent with the life-course notion of the theoretical framework. Dietary rules, in general, were consistent with anti-obesity behaviors. Participant description of rules and routines provided an understanding of feeding styles and practices. Further research may explore to what extent dietary rules and routines may be indicative of adherence to dietary guidelines and appropriate caregiver feeding practices. Funding Nestec S.A.

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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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