Is Maternal psychopathology related to obesigenic feeding practices at 1 Year?

Claire V. Farrow, Jacqueline M. Blissett

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the relationship between maternal psychopathological symptomatology during pregnancy and at 6 and 12 months postnatally and maternal use of controlling and restrictive feeding practices at 1 year. Research Methods and Procedures: Eighty-seven women completed a measure of psychological distress during pregnancy and at 6 and 12 months postpartum, and at 12 months postnatally these women reported their usage of controlling and restrictive feeding practices and were observed feeding their infants. Results: General psychological distress, particularly anxious psychopathology, during pregnancy and at 6 and 12 months postnatally was significantly associated with maternal use of restrictive feeding practices at 1 year, even when controlling for length of breast-feeding and the infants' weights at 1 year. Contrary to expectations, depression and eating psychopathology as measured by the SCOFF eating disorder measure during pregnancy or at 6 or 12 months postnatally were not associated with the use of controlling or restrictive feeding practices at 1 year. Discussion: These findings indicate that anxious maternal psychopathology may partially explain the development of maternal use of restriction when feeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1999-2005
Number of pages7
JournalObesity Research
Volume13
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Child feeding
  • Control
  • Psychopathology
  • Restriction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Food Science
  • Endocrinology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Farrow, C. V., & Blissett, J. M. (2005). Is Maternal psychopathology related to obesigenic feeding practices at 1 Year? Obesity Research, 13(11), 1999-2005.