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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: Household Routines and the Development of Obesity in U.S. Preschool Children
Award Year: 2008
Amount of award, fiscal 2008: $155,000.00
Institution: Ohio State University
Principal Investigator: Sarah Anderson
Status: Ongoing
Detailed Objective: This project uses data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) to examine the prospective association between childhood obesity and the presence of household routines around family meals, sleep, television, and outdoor play. The study will test two sets of hypothesis: (1) preschool children in households with established routines around meals, sleep, television, and outdoor play have lower prevalence of obesity in kindergarten; and (2) even among preschool children at higher risk for obesity due to low income or maternal obesity, these routines are protective. The study will also identify characteristics of income-eligible households for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) that have successfully established these routines. The study will identify a set of modifiable household routines that predict development of obesity in children. This information may be useful in WIC counseling and meaningful to parents because of its potential contribution to children's overall development.
Topic: Obesity, WIC
Dataset: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
Output:
Anderson, S., and R. Whitaker. "Household Routines and Obesity in US Preschool-Aged Children," Pediatrics, Vol. 125, No. 3, March 2010.
Gooze, R., S. Anderson, and R. Whitaker, “Prolonged Bottle Use and Obesity at 5.5 Years of Age in US Children,” Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 159, No. 3, September 2011.

Last updated: Monday, August 18, 2014

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