Pediatric Food Preferences and Eating Behaviors - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128117163

Pediatric Food Preferences and Eating Behaviors

1st Edition

Editors: Julie Lumeng Jennifer Fisher
Paperback ISBN: 9780128117163
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2018
Page Count: 320
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Pediatric Food Preferences and Eating Behaviors reviews the body of scientific work that investigates why children eat the way they do, and whether and how those eating behaviors are modifiable. Before delving into the first of its three sections, Pediatric Behavioral Nutrition presents an introduction and the historical perspective of the topic. The first section, food acceptance, addresses the development of flavor preferences, the role of repeated exposure and other types of learning, the effects of modeling eating behavior, as well as, picky eating, food neophobia, and food selectivity. Section two, appetite, addresses appetite regulation and its plasticity in early development, the role of reward pathways in appetitive drive and regulation, genetic contributions to eating behaviors, food environmental influences on appetite regulation, and parenting influences on appetite and weight. Section three, cognitive aspects of eating behavior, addresses the neurocognitive underpinnings of children’s eating, the development of loss of control eating, and food cognitions and nutrition knowledge. Each chapter concludes with practical implications for practice, and the book concludes with recommended next steps.

Key Features

  • Delivers an up-to-date synthesis of the research evidence addressing the development of children’s eating behaviors from birth to age 18 years, biological and environmental predictors of the development of these behaviors, and evidence for how these behaviors may be modifiable in the service of improving children’s dietary intake and health outcomes
  • Provides an in-depth synthesis of the basic eating behaviors that contribute to consumption patterns
  • Translates the complex and sometimes conflicting research in this area to clinical and public health practice, so that this large body of scientific work can be applied
  • Concludes each chapter with practical implications for practice
  • Presents the limits of current knowledge and the next steps in scientific inquiry


Food and nutrition researchers, graduate and undergraduate courses/training programs focused on nutrition, health behavior, and health education, clinicians (including dietitians and nutritionists), other health care professionals

Table of Contents

  1. Development of Flavor Preferences
    2. Picky Eating, Food Neophobia, and Food Selectivity
    3. Appetitive Drive
    4. Satiety Responsiveness
    5. Food as an Addictive Substance
    6. Emotion and Eating
    7. Delay of Gratification for Food
    8. Food Cognitions
    9. Eating in the Absence of Hunger
    10. Food Craving
    11. Effects of Modeling of Eating Behavior
    12. Effects of Food Portion Sizes on Eating Behavior
    13. Repeated Exposure Effects
    14. Intentional Self-Regulation of Eating
    15. Parenting


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About the Editor

Julie Lumeng

Dr. Lumeng is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Michigan. She earned her MD (1997) and completed Pediatric training (2000) at the University of Michigan, completed a fellowship in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston University (2003), and has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 2003. She spends most of her time on research examining developmental and behavioral predictors of children’s eating behavior, particularly as they pertain to child obesity risk. She has been funded by the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health, and the US Department of Agriculture. She Co-Chaired an NIH Workshop on Infant Obesity, and has served or currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Pediatrics and Pediatric Research. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. She serves as the Associate Director of the Momentum Center, a childhood obesity research center at the University of Michigan. She has authored or co-authored 89 scientific peer-reviewed manuscripts, as well as 26 book chapters, review articles, or commentaries. She is a frequent invited speaker nationally on the topic of pediatric behavioral nutrition and childhood obesity, and work has received frequent media attention in international outlets. She is an active member of the Obesity Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Academic Societies, and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical School; Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health; Associate Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development; University of Michigan, USA

Jennifer Fisher

Dr. Fisher is a professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University and associate director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education where she directs the Family Eating Laboratory. I have not yet reached out to Dr. Fisher to assess her interest. She holds graduate degrees in Nutrition from the University of Illinois (A.M., Nutritional Sciences, 1993) and from the Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D., Nutrition, 1997). Prior to her appointment at Temple University, Dr. Fisher was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and scientist at the USDA/ ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston TX. Dr. Fisher’s research focuses on the development of eating behavior during infancy and early childhood. The broad goal of her research is to understand how early eating environments influence child behavioral controls of food intake and health outcomes, particularly overweight. Her efforts focus on the role of the family environment, as a first and fundamental context in which eating habits develop. Over the past decade she has conducted federally-funded observational and experimental investigations of socio-environmental influences on development in appetite regulation in preschool aged children, including studies of child feeding practices and food portion sizes. Her current research focuses on snacking behaviors in young children and interventions with low-income mothers around child feeding. Dr. Fisher has more than 70 peer-reviewed research publications. Her work has received national media coverage by the New York Times, the Scientific American Frontiers series on PBS, and more recently, the Discovery Health Channel. Dr. Fisher was the 2006 recipient of the Alex Malspina Future Leader Award given by the International Life Sciences Institute North America. Dr. Fisher is Co-Executive Editor at Appetite, a scholarly journal dedicated to the study of ingestive behavior and is on the Editorial Board of Nutrition Reviews. She is an active member of The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and of The Obesity Society where she has held a number of leadership positions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, College of Public Health, Associate Director, Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University, USA

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