Relationships between temperament and eating behaviours in young children

Emma Haycraft, Claire Farrow, Caroline Meyer, Faye Powell, Jacqueline Blissett

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    This study examined the associations between eating behaviours and temperament in a sample of young children. Mothers (N= 241) of children aged 3-8 years completed measures of their children's eating behaviours and temperament and reported their child's height and weight. Children with more emotional temperaments were reported to display more food avoidant eating behaviours. Shyness, sociability and activity were not related to children's eating behaviours. Higher child BMI was related to more food approach eating behaviours but BMI was unrelated to child temperament. Future research should explore more specifically how emotional temperaments might influence child eating behaviour.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)689-692
    Number of pages4
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


    • Activity
    • Children
    • Eating behaviour
    • Emotionality
    • Feeding problems
    • Fussy eating
    • Overweight
    • Shyness
    • Sociability
    • Temperament

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Psychology(all)


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