Maternal Depression Associated with Less Healthy Dietary Behaviors in Young Children

Research Report

Maternal Depression Associated with Less Healthy Dietary Behaviors in Young Children

February 17, 2015

Abstract

Maternal depression threatens the well-being of millions of children in the United States and may increase the risk of child obesity. Poor eating habits may be the link between those two conditions. This research brief suggests that young children with mothers reporting depressive symptoms consume more unhealthy foods and beverages and fewer healthy foods and beverages than children with mothers who do not report depressive symptoms.

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