Stress and depression impact the food parents serve their families, according to a University of Minnesota study published Nov. 22.
Researchers set out to analyze the relationship between parents’ mood and meal prep — using an app to survey participants — in hopes of someday finding interventions to limit childhood obesity.
“Stress and depression may impact parenting practices around food that can have implications for child eating behaviors and health outcomes,” said Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, professor and division head of Epidemiology and Community Health, who was part of the research team.
Lead author Jerica Berge, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, worked with students and faculty from various departments to complete the study.
“We had sort of an interdisciplinary team, which was great because we could look at things from all different perspectives,” she said.
Participants used an app…
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