Parental beliefs about portion size, not children's own beliefs, predict child BMI

Parental beliefs about portion size, not children's own beliefs, predict child BMI IntroductionDespite being regarded as a serious global health concern, rates of childhood obesity continue to increase . This is a concern because obesity in childhood greatly increases the risk of being overweight in adulthood . Recently, food portion sizes have also increased , and several researchers suggest that larger portions have promoted obesity . Consistent with this hypothesis, both adults and children consume significantly more food when presented with larger portions. However, notably, there is relatively little evidence that overweight individuals actually select larger portions, and this relationship remains unclear. Some have found BMI to be a positive predictor of portion size selection , whereas others have found no relationship . To our knowledge, only one study has assessed the relationship between self‐selected portion size and BMI in young children (aged 3–5 years) – those children who self‐selected larger portions tended to be overweight.The selection of larger portions may reflect a greater tolerance for large portions. Obese adults may have a relatively larger gastric capacity . However, the extent to which this corresponds with the selection of larger portions remains unclear. To date, the relationship between children's tolerance of (and willingness to accept) large portions and child BMI has not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pediatric Obesity Wiley

Parental beliefs about portion size, not children's own beliefs, predict child BMI

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Wiley
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© 2018 World Obesity Federation
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2047-6302
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2047-6310
D.O.I.
10.1111/ijpo.12218
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Abstract

IntroductionDespite being regarded as a serious global health concern, rates of childhood obesity continue to increase . This is a concern because obesity in childhood greatly increases the risk of being overweight in adulthood . Recently, food portion sizes have also increased , and several researchers suggest that larger portions have promoted obesity . Consistent with this hypothesis, both adults and children consume significantly more food when presented with larger portions. However, notably, there is relatively little evidence that overweight individuals actually select larger portions, and this relationship remains unclear. Some have found BMI to be a positive predictor of portion size selection , whereas others have found no relationship . To our knowledge, only one study has assessed the relationship between self‐selected portion size and BMI in young children (aged 3–5 years) – those children who self‐selected larger portions tended to be overweight.The selection of larger portions may reflect a greater tolerance for large portions. Obese adults may have a relatively larger gastric capacity . However, the extent to which this corresponds with the selection of larger portions remains unclear. To date, the relationship between children's tolerance of (and willingness to accept) large portions and child BMI has not

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Pediatric ObesityWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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