Effects Of Parental Feeding Practices On Children 's Eating Behaviour

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Discuss research that has investigated effects of parental feeding practices on the development of children 's eating behaviour Eating is a very important aspect in life in order for survival. During childhood children are exposed to various food which begins to develop their eating behaviour. Different factors such as environmental and physiological variables affect a child 's eating behaviour, however this essay is focused on parental feeding practises. “Parental feeding practices refer to the behaviours of parents that influence children 's eating, whilst increasing their child 's intake of 'healthy ' food” (Ventura & Birch, 2008, p.1, as cited in Gregory, Paxton & Brozovic, 2010). It is suggested of feeding practices can hinder the development of self-control in children (Birch et al, 2001). Therefore development is being explored through the notion of modelling and pressure to eat implemented in childhood, as it may be suggested that eating habits found in adults are a reflection of childhood eating behaviours. Many cross-sectional studies have identified that a parental strategy to influence children 's eating behaviour may be shown through the notion of pressure to eat. Examples of pressure exhibited can be displayed by parents when exposing infants to more healthy food, such as fruits and vegetables, and encouraging them to eat healthily. It has been found that pressuring infants to eat certain types of food can influence their intake (Galloway, Fiorito, Lee &
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