Eating Behavior in the U.S.

Tracy Tylka
Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University at Marion

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The attitudes and practices of parents and caregivers help shape children's future eating behavior, including food choice, the amount of food they choose to consume, and their resultant eating attitudes and weight status.

  • What are the negative consequences of parental restriction of a child's food intake?
  • What are the positive consequences of parental acceptance of a child's body and trust in a child's natural ability to regulate food?
  • What are the cultural messages within the media that interfere with eating behavior, and how are these messages presented?

This presentation will look at current research on these and other questions.

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