This research targets low-income minority children and their mothers, and builds directly on our previous NJAES projects. In those investigations, we have been studying a cohort of black and Latina mothers, tracking their feeding behavior along with the energy intake, activity level, and growth of their infants. In the proposed project, we seek to examine both sides of the energy balance equation, using physical activity (PA) as a proxy for energy expenditure. Specifically, we seek to identify the age at which PA may begin to provide an insulating role against excess weight gain, as well as explore maternal feeding practices that have been identified in the literature as tied to childhood obesity.
|Effective start/end date||10/1/13 → 9/30/18|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))