Food Talk in Families

A. L. Miller, A. Ellis, S. E. Domoff

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Family mealtimes have been studied as contexts for socialization and are proposed as important for childhood obesity prevention. Parent and child interactions around food outside of mealtime (eg, requests for afternoon snacks) may also shape obesity risk. Using enhanced audio recording methodology we recorded family conversations and developed a system to code naturally occurring food-related discussions in the home context. Aspects of family food talk assessed included how parents and children expressed food likes, dislikes, hunger, and satiety; parent feeding practices (eg, restricting intake) and child behaviors (eg, food requests); meal preparation and mealtime expectations; and explanations about the nutritional or other qualities of food. Descriptive results are presented and implications of using enhanced audio recording as a method to study processes relevant for childhood obesity prevention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocializing Children Through Language
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780128036501
ISBN (Print)9780128036242
StatePublished - Jun 14 2016


  • Childhood obesity
  • Eating
  • Feeding
  • Food talk
  • Home setting
  • Naturalistic family interaction
  • Parent-child


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