Influence of grandparents on eating behaviors of young children in chinese three-generation families

Auteur(s) :
Jiang JX., Rosenqvist U., Wang HS., Greiner T., Lian GL., Sarkadi A.
Date :
Mai, 2007
Source(s) :
Appetite. #48-3 p377-383
Adresse :
Addresses: Jiang JX (reprint author), Natl Ctr Womens & Childrens Hlth, Beijing, Peoples R China Natl Ctr Womens & Childrens Hlth, Beijing, Peoples R China Uppsala Univ, Dept Publ Hlth & Caring Sci, Uppsala, Sweden Uppsala Univ, Dept Womens & Children Hlth, Uppsala, Sweden E-mail Addresses: Publisher: ACADEMIC PRESS LTD ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 24-28 OVAL RD, LONDON NW1 7DX, ENGLAND, Discipline: NEUROSCIENCES & BEHAVIOR

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Aim: To investigate how grandparents influence their young grandchildren’s eating behaviors in Chinese three-generation families.

Methods: This qualitative study used semi-structured in-depth interviews with 12 parents (3 male and 9 female) and 11 grandparents (4 male and 7 female) in Beijing, China.

Results: Three domains emerged in this study:
(1) grandparents were the primary caretakers of children in the three-generation families. They played an important role in planning and cooking family meals;
(2) grandparents’ attitudes influenced young children’s nutrition and eating habits. They held the belief that children being heavy at a young age would assure that they had a good nutrition status and would become tall in the future. They showed a tendency towards urging the children to eat more meals and larger portions at served meals;
(3) grandparents used food as an educational and emotional tool. They shaped the behavior of their grandchildren and expressed love and caring through food.

Conclusions: Grandparents were dominant in shaping children’s eating behavior in some three-generation families in Chinese urban areas. Nutrition education involving grandparents is a potential framework for developing a healthy dietary behavior in young children. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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