The APPETItE project
Appetite in Preschoolers: Producing Evidence for Tailoring Interventions Effectively
Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, of major societal concern, placing children at high risk of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers in adulthood. Typically, childhood obesity begins in infancy and early childhood, with 90% of children who have obesity at 3 years continuing to have overweight or obesity in adolescence. Understanding the factors which may help to prevent or reduce the risk of childhood obesity, and applying this understanding to develop effective interventions, is of key importance to solving this complex policy and practice challenge.
Therefore, this research is divided into four work packages that aim to achieve the following four objectives:
Work Package 1
Objective 1: To establish the directional and longitudinal relationships between food approach behaviour and parent feeding practice. To achieve objective 1, we will determine i) the extent to which parental feeding practices differentially affect the development of children's food approach, depending on children's individual baseline susceptibility to food approach ii) the direction of the relationship between children's food approach and parental feeding practices iii) whether the relationship between children's food approach and parental feeding practices varies across early development iv) the extent to which genetic factors influencing children's food approach can explain parental feeding practices and v) the degree to which genetic influences on children's food approach behaviour can explain parental feeding practice changes across the preschool period.