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Children's eating behaviours: the importance of the family setting

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Childhood obesity has become a major public health challenge. Whilst it is accepted that the aetiology of obesity is complex, there is very little that targets the home environment and specifically looks at the family setting and how this influences children's eating behaviours. This research aimed to redress the balance by alerting people to the importance of the family environment as a contributory factor for childhood obesity. Using a grounded theory approach, ‘Ordering of eating’ highlights the importance of the family setting and demonstrates how micro and macro order influences the development of children's eating behaviours.

Keywords: Leeds; children's eating behaviours; family environment; grounded theory; intergenerational; ordering of eating

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Centre for Health Promotion Research, Faculty of Health, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds LS1 3HE, Email:

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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