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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611

Abstract

VARGAS MARTINEZ, Gabriela et al. Early mother-child bonding factors associated with children obesity. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.5, pp.1994-1999. ISSN 1699-5198.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3305/nh.2015.32.5.9571.

The aim of this study is to describe the experience of a group of mothers with obese children, regarding how early bond affects the relationship that both have with food and this, in turn, impacts on childhood obesity. The present study has a qualitative, exploratory and descriptive design. The sample consists of five chilean women between 22 and 39 years old, with obese children between 2 and 4 years old. In-depth interviews were carried out and open coding strategy was used as method of analysis. Results show a tendency of mothers to establish insecure attachment relations, difficulties of tuning and expression of affection, and a predominance of a permissive parenting style around food. This has important implications for prevention and treatment of obesity, focusing on the attachment bond between mother and child.

Keywords : Obesity; Early bonding; Attachment styles; Parental styles.

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