Familial Influence on Eating Behaviors

Isabel S. Kaufman, Brianna A. Plass, Isabella Ostuni, Danielle M. Strashinsky

Our research is seeking to understand the relationship between restrictive eating behaviors and familial attitudes on eating patterns. Prior research has shown that there has been an increase in negative body image and disordered eating habits among college students when they reported being teased by their parents or family about their eating behaviors. In this study, we included questions about race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and parental education level to see how those variables might affect differences in familial influence on eating behaviors. We hypothesize that college students will report more restrictive eating patterns and disordered eating behaviors if their parents and family made more comments about their eating habits during their childhood. Ultimately, this research seeks to suggest ways to bring awareness to ways in which parents can influence their children and their relationship with food.

4 thoughts on “Familial Influence on Eating Behaviors

  1. This study is really impactful for so many people who deal with familial negativity in regards to food

  2. I was really intrigued by how you considered a variety of causes; such as parental teasing, socioeconomic status, parental education level, and dinnertime experience. This study provided a ton of detail and gave insight into the family environment being a trigger for an eating disorder in children.

  3. Do you think the effect of peer teasing on eating habits would have a more substantial impact on eating habits than parental teasing?

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