Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 302–308 | Cite as

Perception of Child Weight and Feeding Styles in Parents of Chinese-American Preschoolers

  • Lucy Y. Chang
  • Alan L. Mendelsohn
  • Arthur H. Fierman
  • Loretta Y. Au
  • Mary Jo Messito
Original Paper

Abstract

Parent perception of weight and feeding styles are associated with obesity in other racial groups but have not been explored in-depth in Chinese-American preschoolers. Cross-sectional survey of 253 Chinese-American parents with preschoolers was performed in a community clinic. Regression analysis was used to assess relationships between parental perception of weight and feeding styles. Parent under-perception of weight was common but more likely in boys than girls (χ2 = 4.91, p = 0.03). Pressuring was also greater in boys [adjusted mean difference (95% CI) 0.24 (0.004, 0.49)]. In girls, pressuring was lower for children perceived as overweight [adjusted mean difference in CFQ scores −0.75 (−1.27, −0.23)]; in boys, pressuring was high regardless of perceived child weight. Weight perceptions and feeding styles related to childhood obesity in other groups were identified in Chinese-American families. Parent under-perception of child weight and pressure to eat were more common in boys. These factors should be addressed in Chinese-American preschooler obesity prevention programs.

Keywords

Chinese-American Parental perception of weight Feeding style Childhood obesity 

Abbreviations

CFQ

Child Feeding Questionnaire

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsCharles B. Wang Community Health CenterNew YorkUSA

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