ESR7 Impact of caregivers’ feeding practices on children’s eating behaviours and intake regulation (preschoolers)

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Project within WP6 (and to a lesser extent WP2 & WP5)

Objectives:

(1) To assess the impact of feeding practices on children’s eating behaviour in terms of food repertoire (qualitative dimension) and intake regulation (quantitative dimension)

(2) To combine declarative approach (through questionnaire), experimental settings and intervention (experimental restaurant) to better identify promising feeding strategy to improve children’s eating behaviours

(3) To develop practical recommendations for caregivers from evidenced-based results

Expected results:

This project will enable to better understand: which parental or caregivers feeding practices may impact different aspects of children’s eating behaviours (narrow food repertoire, food neophobia, regulation of food intake); the interaction between feeding practices and child’s eating behaviour in a developmental perspective; and to establish recommendations for parents/caregivers to open children’s food repertoire as well as to respect their internal cues (such as hunger and satiation). 3 papers submitted.

Planned secondments:

(1) Academic secondment with MAPP–AU, during 6 months, directed to develop qualitative approach to understand the barriers/leviers to modify caregivers/parental feeding practices.

(2) Applied secondment with IPBR, 2 months, for the assessment of different feeding strategies on children’s eating behaviours in real settings (i.e., manipulating permissive or authoritarian instructions in the context of the experimental restaurant, and evaluating the effect of these instructions on child’s eating behaviours).

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