Effects of parenting style and parent-related weight and diet on adolescent weight status

Kassandra A. Alia, Dawn K. Wilson, Sara M. St. George, Elizabeth Schneider, Heather Kitzman-Ulrich

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Abstract

Objective This study examined the interaction between parental limit setting of sedentary behaviors and health factors (weight status, physical activity [PA], fruit and vegetable [FV] intake) on standardized body mass index (zBMI) in African American adolescents. Methods Data were from 67 parent-adolescent dyads. Parental limit setting, PA and FV intake were assessed via self-report, and objective height and weight measurements were collected. Results Regressions examined the interaction between parental limit setting and BMI, PA, FV intake on adolescent zBMI. The model for parent BMI and FV intake accounted for 31% of the variance in adolescent zBMI. A significant interaction for parent BMI by limit setting showed that as parental BMI increased, higher (vs. lower) limit setting was associated with lower adolescent zBMI. Higher parent FV consumption was associated with lower adolescent zBMI. Conclusion Future interventions should integrate parent limit setting and target parent fruit and vegetable intake for obesity prevention in underserved adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • health behavior
  • obesity
  • parenting style
  • parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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