Parental involvement in interventions to improve child dietary intake: A systematic review

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.
Preventive Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.09). 05/2010; 51(2):103-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.04.014
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Interventions that aim to improve child dietary quality and reduce disease risk often involve parents. The most effective methods to engage parents remain unclear. A systematic review of interventions designed to change child and adolescent dietary behavior was conducted to answer whether parent involvement enhanced intervention effectiveness, and what type of involvement was most effective in achieving desired outcomes.
In 2008, Pub Med, Medline, Psych Info, and Cochrane Library databases were searched to identify programs designed to change child and adolescent dietary intake that also involved parents. Methods of parental involvement were categorized based on the type and intensity of parental involvement. These methods were compared against intervention design, dietary outcomes, and quality of reporting (evaluated using CONSORT checklist) for each study.
The literature search identified 1774 articles and 24 met review criteria. Four studies systematically evaluated parent involvement with inconsistent results. Indirect methods to engage parents were most commonly used, although direct approaches were more likely to result in positive outcomes. Four studies met >70% of CONSORT items.
Limited conclusions may be drawn regarding the best method to involve parents in changing child diet to promote health. However, direct methods show promise and warrant further research.

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    • "It is a general finding that in developed countries, individuals with lower SEP face much higher obesity rates than those with higher education and income, which is true for both adults (Magnusson et al., 2014; McLaren, 2007) and children (de Onis et al., 2010). A number of systematic reviews have looked at interventions aiming to prevent obesity in children (Waters et al., 2011), interventions that involved parents to improve children's weight-related behaviours (Golley et al., 2011), diet (Hingle et al., 2010), PA (O'Connor et al., 2009), and interventions aiming to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in obesity among children (Hillier-Brown et al., 2014; Laws et al., 2014). However, none of these reviews focused on universal (population-based) interventions targeting parents as the main component. "
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