Moms and dads differ in their family food gatekeeper behaviors

Virginia Quick, Devon Golem, Gayle Povis Alleman, Jennifer Martin-Biggers, John Worobey, Carol Byrd-Bredbenner

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This cross-sectional study explored sex-based differences in food-related practices of mothers and fathers acting as primary food gatekeepers in households with young children. Analysis of covariance revealed household members with fathers as gatekeepers (n = 48) ate significantly (P < .05) more family meals in front of the television, placed less value on family meals, and had more salty/fatty snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages in the household compared with mothers as gatekeepers (n = 570). Both mothers and fathers used some nonrecommended child feeding strategies. Mealtime practices, household food availability, and child feeding strategies of mothers and fathers with young children could be improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in Clinical Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018


  • Behavior
  • Family
  • Father
  • Food gatekeeper
  • Mother
  • Practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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