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Parent training programme improves body satisfaction, eating habits in kids

Posted:  Friday, December 18, 2015

Novel programme for parents improves body satisfaction in kids! The Confident Body, Confident Child (CBCC) programme trains parents on how they can resolve issues pertaining to body dislike in children. A new study finds that CBCC can improve both body satisfaction and healthy eating in young children. It may also curtail disordered eating behaviour in kids.

The study, soon to be published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, sheds light on how parents can help their children develop a positive self-image and healthy eating habits. The CBCC programme is meant for parents of children aged 2–6 years. It exposes the parents to a host of research-based education and resources like booklets, posters, websites, children's books, and workshop.

The study results were encouraging. The researchers found that parents involved in CBCC were more aware of the factors that spurred unhealthy eating or a negative body image. The CBCC intervention also had a positive effect on parental behaviours that diminished the risk of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating habits in children.

Body dissatisfaction is a public health problem associated with physical and emotional disorders such as obesity and depression. Distorted body image may start in early childhood, especially among children aged 5–6 years. Body dissatisfaction can have crippling effects on a child’s emotional and physical well-being.

However, parents can play a crucial role in this setting by providing a favourable family environment that encourages a positive approach towards eating patterns and weight control. Programmes like CBCC can help parents in this endeavour by granting them access to sound training and tools.

Buoyed by the results of CBCC, the researchers said, "We are excited about this programme because parents tell us it's exactly what they need in the current time of obesity fear and increasing disordered eating behaviours".

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