Maternal influences on daughters' restrained eating behavior

Lori A. Francis, Leann L. Birch

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Abstract

This study examined whether mothers' preoccupation with their own weight and eating was linked to daughters' restrained eating behavior. Participants included 173 non-Hispanic, White mother-daughter dyads, measured longitudinally when daughters were ages 5,7,9, and 11. Mothers who were preoccupied with their own weight and eating reported higher levels of restricting daughters' intake and encouraging daughters to lose weight over time. Mothers' encouragement of daughters' weight loss was linked to daughters' restrained eating behavior; this relationship was partially mediated by daughters' perception of maternal pressure to lose weight. These findings suggest that mothers' preoccupation with weight and eating, via attempts to influence daughters' weight and eating, may place daughters at risk for developing problematic eating behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)548-554
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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