Appetite and eating behavior in children

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1995 Aug;42(4):931-53. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(16)40023-4.


The authors propose that individual differences among children in the controls of food intake can be viewed in terms of differences in balance of power in feeding. They also argue that the individual differences in styles of intake control that emerge by adolescence and adulthood, including chronic dieting, eating disorders, and out-of-control eating, begin in the early balance of control in the feeding context. Limited evidence suggests that the course of development of shared control differs for intermeal interval, food selection, and meal size.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Appetite*
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Parenting*