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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

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  • Rati Jani Mehta,

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    1. Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
    • Correspondence: R. Jani Mehta, MSc, APD (Reg. No. 10-362), Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, 60 Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Qld 4059, Australia. Email: rati.jani@student.qut.edu.au

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  • Kimberley M. Mallan,

    1. Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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  • Seema Mihrshahi,

    1. School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
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  • Subhadra Mandalika,

    1. College of Home Science, Nirmala Niketan, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
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  • Lynne A. Daniels

    1. School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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  • Rati Jani Mehta, MSc, APD, PhD candidate
  • Kimberley M. Mallan, PhD, Post doctorate
  • Seema Mihrshahi, PhD, Lecturer
  • Subhadra Mandalika, PhD, Lecturer
  • Lynne A. Daniels, PhD, APD, Head of school

Abstract

Aim

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.

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Conclusions

This study supports the generalisation of findings from Caucasian literature that pressure-feeding and perceptions of pickiness are positively related.

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