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NEEDs for Tots: A Teacher-Ready and Parent-Friendly Curriculum Focuses on Principles of the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding

  • Author Footnotes
    † Dr Ruder was affiliated with the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, University of Pittsburgh at the time this study was completed.
    Elizabeth H. Ruder
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    Address for correspondence: Elizabeth H. Ruder, PhD, MPH, RD, Department of Nutrition Management, Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, SLA (78)–1693, 180 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14620; Phone: (585) 475-2402; Fax: (585) 475-2160
    Footnotes
    † Dr Ruder was affiliated with the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, University of Pittsburgh at the time this study was completed.
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    Department of Nutrition Management, Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
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  • Author Footnotes
    ‡ Dr Lohse was affiliated with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, at the time this study was completed.
    Barbara A. Lohse
    Footnotes
    ‡ Dr Lohse was affiliated with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, at the time this study was completed.
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    Department of Nutrition Management, Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
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  • Author Footnotes
    † Dr Ruder was affiliated with the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, University of Pittsburgh at the time this study was completed.
    ‡ Dr Lohse was affiliated with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, at the time this study was completed.
Published:February 08, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2016.12.011
      Authoritative parental feeding behavior is defined by parent leadership with feeding balanced by child autonomy with eating.
      • Satter E.
      The Satter Feeding Dynamics Model of Child Overweight definition, prevention, and intervention.
      This feeding style is associated with more healthful child eating behaviors and child weight status.
      • Larsen J.K.
      • Hermans R.C.J.
      • Sleddens E.F.C.
      • Engels R.C.M.E.
      • Fisher J.O.
      • Kremers S.P.J.
      How parental dietary behavior and food parenting practices affect children’s dietary behavior. Interacting sources of influence?.
      Among young children, controlling, restrictive, and indulgent feeding practices are positively associated with child weight status.
      • Hurley K.M.
      • Cross M.B.
      • Hughes S.O.
      A systematic review of responsive feeding and child obesity in high-income countries.
      The Satter Division of Responsibility in feeding (sDOR) is 1 approach to support feeding relationships congruent with healthy growth and development.
      • Davies W.H.
      • Satter E.
      • Berlin K.S.
      • et al.
      Reconceptualizing feeding and feeding disorders in interpersonal context: the case for a relational disorder.
      Parents and caregivers lead by managing the mealtime context and offering a variety of tasty and healthful foods in a dependable, sustainable routine.
      • Satter E.
      The Satter Feeding Dynamics Model of Child Overweight definition, prevention, and intervention.
      Parents and caregivers provide for child autonomy by eliminating any pressure to eat, letting children take responsibility for what and how much they eat of the offered foods. The Satter Division of Responsibility in feeding has not been fully integrated into early childhood education (ECE); yet, in the US, over 60% of 3- to 6-year-olds attend school or center-based care.
      • Lanigan J.D.
      The relationship between practices and child care providers’ beliefs related to child feeding and obesity prevention.
      This suggests that sDOR implementation must go beyond the home environment to include ECE venues where children are consuming snacks and meals. NEEDs for Tots (NFT) is an ECE curriculum designed to disseminate sDOR strategies to teachers, parents, and young children.
      • Davies W.H.
      • Satter E.
      • Berlin K.S.
      • et al.
      Reconceptualizing feeding and feeding disorders in interpersonal context: the case for a relational disorder.
      This study seeks to determine teacher and parent responses to the NFT curriculum.
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