Mothers' attitudes toward fat, weight, and dieting in themselves and their children

Karen Jaffe, John Worobey

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We examined how a mother's view of her body, and fatness in general, affects her attitude toward her child's weight and eating. Mothers (N = 118) of 3-5-year-old children filled out a questionnaire designed to assess weight satisfaction, anti-fat attitudes, and how concerned and restrictive they are with regards to their child's weight and eating. We found mothers who were more fearful of being or becoming overweight themselves worried more for their children, although fearful attitudes did not predict restricting a child's eating. These results suggest that maternal attitudes toward their own weight affect their beliefs about their children's weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
JournalBody Image
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


  • Anti-fat attitudes
  • Body-weight satisfaction
  • Mothers
  • Overweight

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