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Inducing Children's Emotional Eating

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 13, 2010
Last Update Posted : May 13, 2010
Loughborough University
Information provided by:
University of Birmingham

Brief Summary:

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.

Condition or disease
Emotional Eating Behaviour

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 64 participants
Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Inducing Preschool Children's Emotional Eating: Relationships With Parental Feeding Practices.
Study Start Date : May 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2009

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).

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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

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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

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01122290

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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
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Dr Jackie Blissett, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham Identifier: NCT01122290    
Other Study ID Numbers: H10543 (Lboro)
First Posted: May 13, 2010    Key Record Dates
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