Science News
from research organizations

Confident body, confident child: Breakthrough parent training program shows promise in promoting body satisfaction and healthy eating

Date:
January 7, 2016
Source:
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
Summary:
A new study has demonstrated positive results in reducing potential vulnerabilities for disordered eating and promoting body satisfaction, healthy eating and weight management among young children through a novel intervention for parents.
Share:
FULL STORY

A new study has demonstrated positive results in reducing potential vulnerabilities for disordered eating and promoting body satisfaction, healthy eating and weight management among young children through a novel intervention for parents.

Confident Body, Confident Child (CBCC) is a program for parents of children aged 2-6 years. Study results indicated that parents who participated in CBCC increased their awareness of factors that can have a negative impact on body image or encourage disordered eating patterns. Participation in CBCC also positively influenced parental behaviors that are associated with decreased risk for development of body dissatisfaction and unhealthy eating or weight.

Body dissatisfaction has been considered a public health issue because it has been linked to many negative physical and emotional consequences (higher BMI, depressive symptoms, disordered eating, and more). Distorted body image can develop in early childhood, impacting some children as young as 5-6 years old. At this age, parents play an important role in a child's development and can assist in creating a family environment that fosters positive attitudes and behaviors surrounding eating patterns and weight management. CBCC is designed to empower parents during this period by providing research-based education and resources (booklets, poster, website, children's book, and workshop).

This research suggests that parenting practices included in CBCC can help to promote family environments that offer the potential to protect their child from future body dissatisfaction and unhealthy eating practices. "We are excited about this program because parents tell us it's exactly what they need in the current time of obesity fear and increasing disordered eating behaviours," acknowledged Dr. Hart, primary investigator of the study.

The findings will be published the May/June 2016 issue of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.


Story Source:

Materials provided by Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). Note: Content may be edited for style and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Laura M. Hart, Stephanie R. Damiano, Susan J. Paxton. Confident body, confident child: A randomised controlled trial evaluation of a parenting resource for promoting healthy body image and eating patterns in 2- to 6-year old children. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 2015; DOI: 10.1002/eat.22494

Cite This Page:

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). "Confident body, confident child: Breakthrough parent training program shows promise in promoting body satisfaction and healthy eating." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 January 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160107185505.htm>.
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). (2016, January 7). Confident body, confident child: Breakthrough parent training program shows promise in promoting body satisfaction and healthy eating. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 26, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160107185505.htm
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). "Confident body, confident child: Breakthrough parent training program shows promise in promoting body satisfaction and healthy eating." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160107185505.htm (accessed May 26, 2017).

RELATED STORIES