Sunday, 24th September, 2017

Determinants and consequences of fussy eating in children

Although fussy eating is an issue that affects many families with young children, not much is known about how problematic eating behavior develops and what the consequences are. Furthermore, comparison of research findings is hampered by a large heterogeneity of definitions and assessment methods of fussy eating.

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The aim of this project is to define fussy eating and to study the determinants and consequences of fussy eating in children.

Using data from the Generation R Study, the role of parental factors, such as psychological problems and parenting strategies and child factors, such as self-regulation and temperament in the development of fussy eating will be examined. Also, consequences of fussy eating for children’s nutritional status and health are evaluated.