Family structure, body mass index, and eating behavior
Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2008
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 42, Issue 4, pages 332–338, May 2009
How to Cite
Hasenboehler, K., Munsch, S., Meyer, A. H., Kappler, C. and Vögele, C. (2009), Family structure, body mass index, and eating behavior. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 42: 332–338. doi: 10.1002/eat.20612
- Issue online: 6 APR 2009
- Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 AUG 2008
- Swiss National Science Foundation (postgraduate research scholarship). Grant Number: PBBS1-109000
- Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft (FAG)
- The School of Human and Life Sciences, Roehampton University
- family structure;
- eating behaviors;
To explore associations between family structure, children's body mass index (BMI), and eating behaviors of children and their mothers.
Fifty-seven mothers and their children took part in an experimental study. BMI of children was measured. Mothers were asked to provide self-report data on sociodemographic background, mental health, and eating behaviors about themselves and their children. Parent-child-dyads represented their family structure using the Family System Test.
We found negative associations in typical family situations between family hierarchy and children's BMI, mothers' emotional eating and mothers' restrained eating. Family cohesion and restrained eating of the children were also negatively correlated. We obtained positive associations in typical and conflict family situations between family cohesion and external eating of the children.
We found indications that family structure is associated with overweight and with eating behavior in children and their mothers. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2009