The Effects Of Parental Feeding Practises On Children

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Investigating the effects of parental feeding practises has been central to psychological research, studying developmental changes in children throughout a lifespan. The term ‘parental feeding practises’ refers to the method in which attitudes and experiences mould the different foods children are exposed to, along with timing regulations, social context of meals and establishing emotional regulations of eating occurrences, (Birch & Fisher, 1995). It is evident that parents play a crucial and dominant role in developing family eating habits as well as providing a suitable environment for which the child experiences a family meal, (Birch & Fisher, 1998). More importantly, experimental research by Birch et al., (2001) discovered two main types of controlling feeding practises: which pressurize children to finish all of their meal as well as restricting access to snacks and unhealthy foods, which will be examined throughout the essay. In order to fully understand the thesis being studied, the term ‘children’s eating behaviours’ relates to specific eating styles, receptiveness to external food cues, sensitivity to internal cues such as satiety and fussiness as well as predisposition to emotional distress, all influencing the likelihood of obesity, (Webber et al., 2008). Parents should ultimately acknowledge eating needs of their child and act accordingly, thus reflecting important environmental influences regulating future weight status, (Brann & Skinner, 2005).Therefore, for…
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