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Record number 453733
Title Dinner Rituals That Correlate with Child and Adult BMI
Author(s) Wansink, B.; Kleef, E. van
Source Obesity 22 (2014)5. - ISSN 1930-7381 - p. E91 - E95.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.20629
Department(s) WU Omgevingswetenschappen Marketing Communicatie
Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) family meals - diet quality - eating behavior - food-intake - adolescents - patterns - television - illusions - program
Abstract Objective: What predicts whether a child will be at risk for obesity? Whereas past research has focused on foods, eating habits, feeding styles, and family meal patterns, this study departs from a food-centric approach to examine how various dinner rituals might influence the BMIs of children and adults. Methods: In this study of 190 parents (BMI529.167.2) and 148 children (BMI520.364.4), the relationship between their BMIs and everyday family dinner rituals was examined using both correlation and regression analysis (controlled for educational level of parents). Results: Families who frequently ate dinner in the kitchen or dining room had significantly lower BMIs for both adults (r520.31) and children (r520.24) compared to families who ate elsewhere. Additionally, helping cook dinner was associated with higher BMI for girls (r50.26), and remaining at the table until everyone is finished with eating was associated with lower BMI for boys (r520.31). Conclusions: Dinner tables may be one place where social support and family involvement meet—both of which relate to the BMI of children as well as parents. Family meals and their rituals might be an underappreciated battleground to fight obesity.
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