Authoritative feeding behaviors to reduce child BMI through online interventions


  • Acknowledgements

    Funding was provided by the Regner Faculty Award to the first author. We thank Dr. Robert Topp for his review of a preliminary draft of the manuscript.

  • Disclosure: The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

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The purpose of the study was to examine the feasibility and initial efficacies of parent- and/or child-focused online interventions and variables correlated with child body mass index percentile change.

Design and Methods.

A feasibility and cluster randomized controlled pilot study was used.


Recruitment was more effective at parent–teacher conferences compared with when materials were sent home with fifth- to eighth-grade culturally diverse students. Retention was 90% for students and 62–74% for parents. Authoritative parent feeding behaviors were associated with lower child body mass index. A larger study is warranted.

Practice Implications.

Online approaches may provide a feasible option for childhood obesity prevention and amelioration.