Influence of grandparents on eating behaviors of young children in Chinese three-generation families
2007 (English)In: Appetite, ISSN 0195-6663, E-ISSN 1095-8304, Vol. 48, no 3, 377-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aim: To investigate how grandparents influence their young grandchildren's eating behaviors in Chinese three-generation families. Methods: This qualitative study used semi-structured in-depth interviews with 12 parents (3 male and 9 female) and 11 grandparents (4 male and 7 female) in Beijing, China. Results: Three domains emerged in this study: (1) grandparents were the primary caretakers of children in the three-generation families. They played an important role in planning and cooking family meals; (2) grandparents' attitudes influenced young children's nutrition and eating habits. They held the belief that children being heavy at a young age would assure that they had a good nutrition status and would become tall in the future. They showed a tendency towards urging the children to eat more meals and larger portions at served meals; (3) grandparents used food as an educational and emotional tool. They shaped the behavior of their grandchildren and expressed love and caring through food. Conclusions: Grandparents were dominant in shaping children's eating behavior in some three-generation families in Chinese urban areas. Nutrition education involving grandparents is a potential framework for developing a healthy dietary behavior in young children.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 48, no 3, 377-83 p.
Family, Grandparents, Influence, Young children, Eating behavior
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-94896DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2006.10.004ISI: 000246401000013PubMedID: 17166624OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-94896DiVA: diva2:168911