Could promoting positive parent-child interactions help prevent childhood obesity? Epidemiologic evidence from two U.S. cohort studies Event as iCalendar

27 April 2016

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Tamaki Innovation Campus, Building 730 (Population Health Building), Room 220

Host: Centre for Longitudinal Research

Cost: Free

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Clare Relton

Centre for Longitudinal Research lunchtime seminar by Sarah Anderson, Ohio State University

Sarah’s presentation will discuss the theoretical basis through which the emotional quality of interactions between parents and young children could impact children’s risk for obesity.

To explore the connection, Sarah and her colleagues analysed data from two United States child cohort studies: the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B); and the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD). Both studies observed mother-child interactions when the children were toddlers, and took height and weight measurements of the children.

Capitalising on the strengths of each study, the team’s analyses examine the prospective association between poor quality parent-child interactions at around age 2 years and risk for obesity at preschool-age in ECLS-B and adolescence in SECCYD.


About Sarah Anderson
Sarah E. Anderson, PhD is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Ohio State University in the College of Public Health. Her research has focused on understanding the psychosocial causes, correlates, and consequences of childhood obesity. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and US Department of Agriculture. She is a member of the Society for Longitudinal and Life course Studies and has spent her sabbatical this 2015-2016 academic year working with Growing Up in New Zealand and the UK Millennium Cohort Study. Dr Anderson received her PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from Tufts University in 2006; her undergraduate degree was in biology from Vassar College.


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