Influences on Child Eating and Weight Development From a Behavioral Genetics Perspective

Tanja V. E. Kral, PhD; Myles S. Faith, PhD


J Pediatr Psychol. 2009;34(6):596-605. 

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In conclusion, the study of genetic and home environmental influences with respect to children's eating and weight development is an important area of research which presents a great opportunity for collaboration among scientists from diverse disciplines. The findings from studies in this area likely will have important implications for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity in both research and clinical settings. As detailed earlier, children's response to dietary interventions may depend on their genotype. Once identified, it is conceivable that dietary regimens may be tailored to children's genetic predisposition to promote healthy growth and eating patterns. Parents' involvement in child feeding and the structuring of the early home food environment will be crucial components in these interventions.


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