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Inducing Children's Emotional Eating

This study has been completed.
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First Posted: May 13, 2010
Last Update Posted: May 13, 2010
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Loughborough University
Information provided by:
University of Birmingham

Background: Children's emotional eating is related to greater BMI and less healthy diet but little is known about the early development of this behavior.

Objective: This study aimed to examine the relationships between preschool children's emotional eating and parental feeding practices using experimental manipulation of child mood and food intake in a laboratory setting.

Design: 25 3-5 year old children and their mothers sat together and ate a standard meal to satiety. Mothers completed questionnaires about their feeding practices. Children were assigned to a control or negative mood condition. Children's consumption of snack foods in the absence of hunger was measured.

Emotional Eating Behaviour

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Inducing Preschool Children's Emotional Eating: Relationships With Parental Feeding Practices.

Further study details as provided by University of Birmingham:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • eating in the absence of hunger [ Time Frame: @ 60 minutes into study, at ~4 years of age ]
    Child's consumption of kcal from snack foods in the absence of hunger

Enrollment: 64
Study Start Date: May 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
negative emotion
Children experienced induction of mild negative emotion through a jigsaw with a missing piece (negative emotion group)
neutral emotion
Vs. Same task with No missing piece (neutral emotion).


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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 5 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
healthy 3-5 year old children in the UK (within approx. radius of 10 miles of Loughborough University).

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Child age between 3 years and 5 years
  • No disease/disorder affecting eating
  • No learning disability

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any child brought in by a (non-primary care-giving) grandparent
  • Child BMI at extreme of sample
  • Incongruous mood shift to condition
  • Child of non-english speaking/reading parent
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01122290

United Kingdom
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, LE11 3TU
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Birmingham
Loughborough University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr Jackie Blissett, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01122290     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H10543 (Lboro)
First Submitted: May 12, 2010
First Posted: May 13, 2010
Last Update Posted: May 13, 2010
Last Verified: May 2010

Keywords provided by University of Birmingham:
Emotional eating
Eating in the absence of hunger
emotion induction