Mealtime duration in problem and non-problem eaters

Adamson, Michelle and Morawska, Alina and Wigginton, Britta (2015) Mealtime duration in problem and non-problem eaters. Appetite, 84. pp. 228-234. ISSN 0195-6663

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Young children commonly encounter difficulties at mealtimes, which are important to address early to avoid the maintenance of problematic eating behaviour. Among these are drawn-out meals, which some research has associated with more mealtime problems. However, research on meal duration, and therefore guidelines for appropriate meal length, is lacking. This research aimed to compare the meal duration of problem-eaters and controls, and to examine changes to meal length among problem-eaters following a parenting intervention. The mealtimes of 96 problem-eaters and 105 controls were examined via parent-report and in-home observations; meal length was also compared amongst problem-eaters who had received intervention and a waitlist control. Meal duration was similar across groups, though problem-eaters engaged in more aversive behaviour and less eating than controls. Observed eating and mealtime behaviour altered following intervention but not duration. Parents who reported meal length as a specific concern had longer meals and reported less successful feeding than those that did not. These results suggest that what is happening during the meal may better distinguish problem-eaters than duration alone.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordacne with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 02:04
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 00:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: feeding, mealtimes, duration
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.10.019

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