[Eating behavior and childhood obesity: family influences]

Arch Latinoam Nutr. 2008 Sep;58(3):249-55.
[Article in Spanish]


Eating behavior involves all actions that define the relation between human beings and food. It is accepted that feeding habits are acquired through eating experiences and practices learned from the familiar and social context in early childhood. Besides the role of the social context, it is also assumed that familiar factors, both common family environment and genetic inheritance, have an important influence on food intake and eating behavior linked with childhood obesity. Research on food intake and childhood obesity has been traditionally focused on the amount and type of foods in the usual diet. However, it is an increasing interest to understand the link between eating behavior and obesity using questionnaires. There are several psychometric tools that have been developed specifically to deal with human eating behavior. This review summarizes the family influences, both genetic and non-genetic, on childhood feeding behavior and their relation to childhood obesity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Family / psychology*
  • Feeding Behavior / physiology
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Food Preferences
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / genetics
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Psychometrics
  • Surveys and Questionnaires