Sweet Christmas: Overweight children and Special Events

Overweight Children and special eating occasionsA study “Sweet Christmas: Do overweight and obese children associate special events more frequently with food than normal weight children?” published in the January 2016 issue of Appetite examined children’s spontaneous associations of special events with food. It had been thought that overweight and children would associate special events with food more often than normal weight and leaner children. Research results showed just the opposite. It was theorized that “parents of leaner children often have a more restrictive style, i.e., reserving specific foods for specific, relatively rare occasions” as compared to parents of overweight children.

— Appetite | doi:10.1016/j.appet.2015.10.010

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