Mothers' self-reported grocery shopping behaviours with their 2- to 7-year-old children: Relationship between feeding practices and mothers' willingness to purchase child-requested nutrient-poor, marketed foods, and fruits and vegetables

Kathryn Lively, Oluborode Babawale, David M. Thompson, Amanda Morris, Jennifer L. Harris, Susan B. Sisson, Marshall K. Cheney, Karina R. Lora

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Objective To assess relationships between mothers' feeding practices (food as a reward, food for emotion regulation, modelling of healthy eating) and mothers' willingness to purchase child-marketed foods and fruits/vegetables (F&V) requested by their children during grocery co-shopping. Design Cross-sectional. Mothers completed an online survey that included questions about feeding practices and willingness (i.e. intentions) to purchase child-requested foods during grocery co-shopping. Feeding practices scores were dichotomized at the median. Foods were grouped as nutrient-poor or nutrient-dense (F&V) based on national nutrition guidelines. Regression models compared mothers with above-the-median v. at-or-below-the-median feeding practices scores on their willingness to purchase child-requested food groupings, adjusting for demographic covariates. Setting Participants completed an online survey generated at a public university in the USA. Subjects Mothers (n 318) of 2- to 7-year-old children. Results Mothers who scored above-the-median on using food as a reward were more willing to purchase nutrient-poor foods (β=0·60, P<0·0001), mothers who scored above-the-median on use of food for emotion regulation were more willing to purchase nutrient-poor foods (β=0·29, P<0·0031) and mothers who scored above-the-median on modelling of healthy eating were more willing to purchase nutrient-dense foods (β=0·22, P<0·001) than were mothers with at-or-below-the-median scores, adjusting for demographic covariates. Conclusions Mothers who reported using food to control children's behaviour were more willing to purchase child-requested, nutrient-poor foods. Parental feeding practices may facilitate or limit children's foods requested in grocery stores. Parent-child food consumer behaviours should be investigated as a route that may contribute to children's eating patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3343-3348
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Volume20
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

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  • Children
  • Feeding practices
  • Food purchase
  • Grocery shopping
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Lively, Kathryn ; Babawale, Oluborode ; Thompson, David M. ; Morris, Amanda ; Harris, Jennifer L. ; Sisson, Susan B. ; Cheney, Marshall K. ; Lora, Karina R. / Mothers' self-reported grocery shopping behaviours with their 2- to 7-year-old children : Relationship between feeding practices and mothers' willingness to purchase child-requested nutrient-poor, marketed foods, and fruits and vegetables. In: Public Health Nutrition. 2017 ; Vol. 20, No. 18. pp. 3343-3348.
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Mothers' self-reported grocery shopping behaviours with their 2- to 7-year-old children : Relationship between feeding practices and mothers' willingness to purchase child-requested nutrient-poor, marketed foods, and fruits and vegetables. / Lively, Kathryn; Babawale, Oluborode; Thompson, David M.; Morris, Amanda; Harris, Jennifer L.; Sisson, Susan B.; Cheney, Marshall K.; Lora, Karina R.

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