Objective: This population-based study examined mothers' weight-related concerns and behaviors (weight status, weight dissatisfaction, dieting, and encouraging child to diet) at baseline, as assessed by both mothers and adolescents, and associations with adolescents' body dissatisfaction and weight control practices 5 years later. Methods: Adolescents and their mothers (n = 443 pairs) were surveyed in 1998-1999; adolescents were resurveyed in 2003-2004. Results: Baseline maternal report of higher levels of her weight-related concerns/behaviors was associated with greater body dissatisfaction in girls 5 years later, controlling for adolescent weight status and other covariates. Baseline maternal report of weight-related concerns/behaviors was also associated with greater prevalence of trying to lose weight in both boys and girls 5 years later. Baseline adolescent report of higher maternal weight-related concerns/behaviors was associated with a higher prevalence of trying to lose weight 5 years later in girls. Conclusions: These findings highlight the importance of mothers' weight-related concerns and behaviors for adolescents' weight-related outcomes.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) grant number K23HD063261 (PI: van den Berg); Women’s Health Research Scholars Program from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (BIRCWH K12HD052023, PI: Berenson); the Office of Research on Women’s Health, and the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases; Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services [R40 MC 00319, PI: Neumark-Sztainer].
- body image
- disordered eating
- weight loss