Mealtime Strategies for Picky Eating Behaviors of Children in Center- and Home-Based Daycare Settings

Overview

Both parents and daycare providers perceive picky eating as a problematic feeding behavior for children. However, it’s not clear whether children exhibit similar picky eating behaviors both at home and in childcare. This study compares child mealtime behavior between their home and childcare location and different mealtime strategies used by caregivers and parents to identify which strategies would effectively work across different settings. Ultimately, the project will develop approaches that will reduce the occurrence of picky eating across different environments, which in turn will aid in reducing parents' and teachers' mealtime frustrations and promote the development of healthy, independent eaters.

Downloadable Overview

Mealtime Strategies for Picky Eating Behaviors Overview PDF

Research Team

  • Soo-Yeun Lee, PhD, Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Barbara Fiese, PhD, Family Resiliency Center Director, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Sharon M. Donovan, PhD, RD, Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Brent A. McBride, PhD, Child Development Lab Director, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Virginia Luchini, Graduate Student, Project Coordinator, Human Development and Family Studies

Funding

This project is supported by the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program.

Contact

Virginia Luchini
Project Coordinator
Phone: 217-333-2685
Email: luchini1@illinois.edu