Understanding and changing food consumption behavior among children: The comprehensive child consumption patterns model

Jayne Jeffries, Seth M. Noar, Linden Thayer

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Abstract

Current theoretical models attempting to explain diet-related weight status among children center around three individual-level theories. Alone, these theories fail to explain why children are engaging or not engaging in health-promoting eating behaviors. Our Comprehensive Child Consumption Patterns model takes a comprehensive approach and was developed specifically to help explain child food consumption behavior and addresses many of the theoretical gaps found in previous models, including integration of the life course trajectory, key influencers, perceived behavioral control, and self-regulation. Comprehensive Child Consumption Patterns model highlights multiple levels of the socioecological model to explain child food consumption, illustrating how negative influence at multiple levels can lead to caloric imbalance and contribute to child overweight and obesity. Recognizing the necessity for multi-level and system-based interventions, this model serves as a template for holistic, integrated interventions to improve child eating behavior, ultimately impacting life course health development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-52
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Quarterly of Community Health Education
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • child health
  • children
  • diet
  • nutrition
  • theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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