In this cross-sectional study, 330 primary school students (6-10 years old) and their parents completed measures assessing children’s grazing, anxiety/depression and withdrawn symptoms, body image dissatisfaction, children eating habits and style, and parental feeding practices.
The path analysis tested showed that more restrictive parental feeding practices, inappropriate children eating habits, children’s anxiety/depression symptoms, and body image dissatisfaction were associated with increased grazing scores (CMIN = 12.679; DF = 11; p = 0.315; RMSEA = 0.025; CFI = 0.990; NFI = 0.935; TLI = 0.982; IFI = 0.991; SRMR = 0.045).
Grazing tends to occur in a context of children’s psychological distress, inappropriate children eating habits, and restrictive parental feeding practices. These variables should be addressed for the improvement of healthy eating habits and in weight-loss interventions for children.
Level V, cross-sectional descriptive study.