A recent study explored perceived influences experienced between adolescent females with obesity and their mothers that affect everyday dietary practices.
Researchers conducted focus groups with 15 adolescent females with obesity and their mothers enrolled in a weight‐management program. The adolescents discussed a diverse set of parental influences on their daily dietary practices. For example, controlling (e.g., parent saying ‘no’), supporting and cultivating (e.g., verbal encouragement or modelled behaviours), acquiescing (e.g.,“giving‐in” during food shopping), and attending (e.g., requesting meal preferences).
Among mother focus groups, mothers discussed specific intentional (e.g., requesting, persuading, and complaining from their children) and unintentional (e.g., observations of their children) that influenced the food and drink they consumed, prepared, and acquired.
The researchers suggest that attention be paid to the social circumstances surrounding adolescent females’ dietary behaviours, particularly those from parents, within childhood obesity interventions.