Authoritative feeding behaviors to reduce child BMI through online interventions

Marilyn Frenn, Jessica E. Pruszynski, Holly Felzer, Jiannan Zhang

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Purpose: The purpose of the study was to examine the feasibility and initial efficacies of parent- and/or child-focused online interventions and variables correlated with child body mass index percentile change. Design and Methods: A feasibility and cluster randomized controlled pilot study was used. Results: Recruitment was more effective at parent-teacher conferences compared with when materials were sent home with fifth- to eighth-grade culturally diverse students. Retention was 90% for students and 62-74% for parents. Authoritative parent feeding behaviors were associated with lower child body mass index. A larger study is warranted. Practice Implications: Online approaches may provide a feasible option for childhood obesity prevention and amelioration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-77
Number of pages13
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Authoritative parenting
  • Culturally diverse
  • Lower income
  • Obesity prevention
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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