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Pediatric Weight Management (PWM) Assessing Child and Family Diet Behaviors in Pediatric Obesity

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  • Recommendation(s)

    PWM: Family Diet Behaviors - Increased Risk of Obesity

    Child and family diet behavior factors that may be associated with an increase in the risk of pediatric obesity and should be included in Nutrition Assessment are: Parental restriction of highly-palatable foods, consumption of food away from home, increased portion size of meals and breakfast-skipping. ADA Evidence Analysis has shown that these factors are positively associated with childhood overweight or obesity.

    Rating: Fair
    Imperative

    PWM: Family Diet Behaviors - Relationship Unclear

    Dietitians should be aware of the research on the following child and family diet behavior factors when carrying out their Nutrition Assessment: Parental encouragement or pressure to eat, parental control over child’s dietary intake, meal frequency, snacking frequency or snack food intake and using food as a reward. ADA Evidence Analysis has found that these factors may not be related to pediatric overweight or obesity or that the research is still unclear on the relationship.

    Rating: Fair
    Imperative