The Science

Here are some of the many sources you can refer to in understanding the science behind the program. These were some of our favorites, but you can find much more research available online.

Barlow, S., & Dietz, W. (1998). Obesity evaluation and treatment: Expert committee recommendations. Pediatrics, 102(3), 1-11.

Birch, L., & Fisher, J. (1995). Appetite and eating behavior in children. In G. Gaull (Ed.), The pediatric clinics of North America: Pediatric nutrition (pp. 931-953). Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company.

Birch, L., Fisher, J., Grimm-Thomas, C., Sawyer, R., & Johnson, S. (2001). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Child Feeding Questionnaire: A measure of parental attitudes, beliefs and practices about child feeding and obesity proneness. Appetite, 36, 210-210.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). Study Estimates Medical Cost of Obesity May Be As High as $147 Billion Annually. Retrieved May 20, 2010, from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010a). Childhood Overweight and Obesity. Retrieved May 20, 2010, from

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010c). Tips for parents and Ideas to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight. Retrieved May 20, 2010, from

Dehghan, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., & Merchant, A. (2005). Childhood obesity, prevalence and prevention. Nutrition Journal, 4(24), 1-8.

Eng, L., & Burciaga, E. (2009). Habit Changer: First online source dedicated to creating good lifelong habits. Retrieved May 20, 2010, from

Enns, CW., Mickle, S., & Goldman, J. (2003). Trends in food and nutrient intakes by children in the United States. Family Economics and Nutrition Review, 15(2), 15-27.

Faith, M., Scanlon, K., Birch, L., & Sherry, B. (2004). Parent-child feeding strategies and their relationships to child eating and weight status. Obesity Research, 12(11), 1711-1722.

Franklin, P., Rosenbaum, P., Carey, M., & Roizen, M. (2006). Using sequential email messages to promote health behaviors: Evidence of feasibility and reach in a worksite sample Journal of Medical Internet Research, 8(1), e3.

Golan, M., & Crow, S. (2004). Targeting parents exclusively in treatment of childhood obesity: long-term results. Obesity Research, 12(2), 357-361.

Golan, M., Weizman, A., Apter, A., & Fainaru, M. (1998). Parents as the exclusive agents of change in the treatment of childhood obesity. American Journal of Clinical Nursing, 67(1130-1135).

Hughes, S., Power, T., Fisher, J., Mueller, S., & Nicklas, T. (2005). Revisiting a neglected construct: Parenting styles in a child-feeding context. Appetite, 44(1), 83-92.

Irvine, B., Ary, D., Grove, D., & Gilfillan-Morton, L. (2004). The effectiveness of an interactive multimedia program to influence eating habits. Health Education Research, 19(3), 290-305.

Lindsay, A., Sussner, K., Kim, J., & Gortmaker, S. (2006). The role of parents in preventing childhood obesity. The Future of Children, 16(1), 169-186.

Lino, M., Basiotis, P., Gerrior, S., & Carlson, A. (2002). The quality of young children�s diets. Family Economics and Nutrition Review, 14, 52-60.

Lobstein, T., Baur, L., & Uauy, R. (2004). Obesity in children and young people: A crisis in public health. Obesity Reviews, 5(S1), 4-85.

Musher-Eizenman, D., & Holub, S. (2007). Comprehensive feeding practices questionnaire: Validation of a new measure of parental feeding practices. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32(8), 960-972.

National Research Council Committee on Diet and Health. (1998). Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Taylor, J., Evers, S., & Mc Kenna, M. (2005). Determinants of healthy eating in children and youth. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 96(S3), S20-S26.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1988). The Surgeon General�s report on nutrition and health. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Variyam, J., & Smith, T. (2010). Tracking changes in dietary awareness and food choices. Amber Waves, 8(2), 40-41. Retrieved from

You can find a great deal more detail and a proposed framework for further research in the research study design prepared for the Feeding Your Kids program.