Rati Jani Mehta, MSc, APD, PhD candidate
An exploratory study of associations between Australian-Indian mothers' use of controlling feeding practices, concerns and perceptions of children's weight and children's picky eating
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
© 2013 Dietitians Association of Australia
Nutrition & Dietetics
Volume 71, Issue 1, pages 28–34, March 2014
How to Cite
Jani Mehta, R., Mallan, K. M., Mihrshahi, S., Mandalika, S. and Daniels, L. A. (2014), An exploratory study of associations between Australian-Indian mothers' use of controlling feeding practices, concerns and perceptions of children's weight and children's picky eating. Nutrition & Dietetics, 71: 28–34. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12046
Kimberley M. Mallan, PhD, Post doctorate
Seema Mihrshahi, PhD, Lecturer
Subhadra Mandalika, PhD, Lecturer
Lynne A. Daniels, PhD, APD, Head of school
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: MAR 2013
- Queensland University of Technology, Australia
- feeding practice;
- migrant Indian;
- picky eating;
This cross-sectional study explores associations between migrant Indian mothers' use of controlling feeding practices (pressure to eat, restriction and monitoring) and their concerns and perceptions regarding their children's weight and picky eating behaviour.
A total of 230 mothers with children aged 1–5 years, residing in Australia for 1–8 years, participated by completing a self-reported questionnaire.
Perceptions and concerns regarding children's weight were not associated with any of the controlling feeding practices. A positive association was noted between pressure-feeding and perceptions of pickiness after adjusting for covariates: children's age, gender and weight-for-age Z-score. Girls, older children, and children with higher weight-for-age Z-scores were pressure-fed to a greater extent.
This study supports the generalisation of findings from Caucasian literature that pressure-feeding and perceptions of pickiness are positively related.