Project: Development of Eating Patterns and Dietary Behaviors that Predict Child Obesity
Award Year: 2001
Amount of award, fiscal 2001: $306,641.00
Institution: The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital
Principal Investigator: Barbara Anne Dennison
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project evaluates the extent to which specific factors such as eating patterns and certain parent characteristic behaviors are prospectively related to the incidence, remission, and/or persistence of child obesity.

The researchers have available a unique sample of 2,884 adult (primary mother)/child pairs, surveyed during 1999-2000, who represent a low-income, multi-ethnic population of participants in the New York WIC Program. The authors have identified child eating patterns and parent characteristic behaviors that are associated with child obesity. Because these children have their height and weight routinely measured by WIC staff every 6 months, they will be followed prospectively to assess change in adiposity over time. The researchers will evaluate the extent to which these identified factors are prospectively related to the incidence, remission and/or persistence of obesity. At the conclusion of this research project, eating patterns and dietary behaviors that predict or prevent child obesity will have been identified. These findings will help guide future obesity prevention recommendations.

Topic: Child Nutrition, Dietary Intake and Quality, Obesity
Dennison, B., L. Edmunds, H. Stratton, and R. Pruzek. "Rapid Infant Weight Gain Predicts Childhood Overweight," Obesity, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 2006.
Edmunds, L., M. Woelfel, B. Dennison, H. Stratton, R., Pruzek, and R. Abusasha. "Overweight Trends Among Children Enrolled in the New York State Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children," Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vol. 106, No. 1, January 2006.
Faith, M., B. Dennison, L. Edmunds, and H. Stratton. "Fruit Juice Intake Predicts Increased Adiposity Gain in Children From Low-Income Families: Weight Status-by-Environment Interaction," Pediatrics, Vol. 118, Issue 5, November 2006.
FitzPatrick, E., L. Edmunds, and B. Dennison. “Positive Effects of Family Dinner are Undone by Television Viewing,” Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vol. 107, No. 4, April 2007.