All in the Family

All in the Family is a secondary data analysis of data from two linked National Institutes of Health-funded studies (Project EAT and F-EAT). It examines the relationship between multiple family members' weight and weight-related behaviors, adolescents' body mass index (BMI), dietary intake, and physical activity. Berge serves as co-prinicpal investigator.

Results will inform methodological considerations for data collection with youth and their families and public health intervention efforts targeting youth obesity.

Study details

  • Identify whether, and how, multiple family members' weight and weight-related behaviors are associated with adolescents' BMI score, overweight status, dietary intake, and physical activity
  • Identify whether the association between parents' and adolescents' weight and weight-related behaviors vary by child (i.e., sibling dyads in the same home)
  • Identify concordance and discordance among family members regarding aspects of the weight culture in the home environment (e.g., weight talk/teasing, support for physical activity) and determine associations with adolescent BMI, overweight status, dietary intake, and physical activity

Publications

Publications are ordered by the year they were published.

2016

Berge JM, Meyer C, MacLehose RF, Loth K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Do parents treat siblings similarly or differently with regard to feeding practices, weight-related conversations, and support for physical activity? An exploratory analysisChild Obes. 2016;12(2):87-93.

Berge JM, MacLehose RF, Meyer C, Didericksen K, Loth KA, Neumark-Sztainer D. He said, she said: examining parental concordance on home environment factors and adolescent health behaviors and weight status. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016;116(1):46-60.

2015

Berge JM, Meyer CS, Loth K, MacLehose R, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parent/adolescent weight status concordance and parent feeding practices. Pediatrics. 2015;136(3):e591-8.

Berge JM, Meyer C, MacLehose RF, Crichlow R, Neumark-Sztainer D. All in the family: correlations between parents' and adolescent siblings' weight and weight-related behaviors. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015;23(4):833-9.

Berge JM, MacLehose RF, Loth KA, Eisenberg ME, Fulkerson JA, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parent-adolescent conversations about eating, physical activity and weight: prevalence across sociodemographic characteristics and associations with adolescent weight and weight-related behaviors. J Behav Med. 2015;38(1):122-35.

2014

Berge JM, Meyer C, MacLehose RF, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. Nonresident parental influence on adolescent weight and weight-related behaviors: similar or different from resident parental influence? Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2014;11:131.

Dideriksen K, Berge JM, Hannan PJ, Harris SM, MacLehose R, Neumark-Sztainer D. (in press). Utilizing Family Systems Theory to understand adolescent disordered eating behaviors: Exploring the implications of triadic family discord. Family Systems and Health.

2013

Berge JM, Maclehose R, Loth KA, Eisenberg M, Bucchianeri MM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parent conversations about healthful eating and weight: associations with adolescent disordered eating behaviors. JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(8):746-53.