Impact of Depression on Parent Feeding Practices



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Depression is a period of depressed mood or a loss of interest in daily activities for a duration of two or more weeks. A list of symptoms that show changes in function of daily activity must also be met in order to be diagnosed with major depression (Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5®), 2013). It is a very common mental disorder and it is the leading cause of disability, resulting in deterioration in quality of life, function, and morbidity among other things (Kessler & Bromet, 2013). Children are impacted when parents experience depression. There is little research examining the link between parental depression and feeding (El-Behadli, Sharp, Hughes, Obasi, & Nicklas, 2015). The purpose of this study is to explore how parental depression impacts feeding practices. Depression impacts ways that parents feed their children. It is important for investigators to replicate these findings and conduct future studies to: further investigate the impact of parental depression on parent feeding practices and children’s eating behaviors so that appropriate interventions can be implemented. This may include screening parents’ mental state at pediatrician appointments.