[4670.2] Relationship between Prenatal TV Watching During Meals and Infant TV Exposure During Feeding

Kenny Diaz, Rachel Gross, Roberta Scheinmann, Michelle Gross, Alan Mendelsohn, Suzy Tomopoulos, Mary Jo Messito. Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY; Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY; Research and Evaluation, Public Health Solutions, New York, NY.

BACKGROUND: Obesity prevention guidelines discourage allowing children to watch TV during meals due to its association with poorer diet quality & less parental responsiveness during feeding. Little is known about how childhood patterns of mealtime TV exposure develop in infancy, or how they relate to maternal habits during pregnancy.
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between women's TV watching during meals in pregnancy & infant TV exposure during feeding.
DESIGN/METHODS: Longitudinal cohort study of 117 low-income Hispanic mother infant-dyads embedded in an RCT of a primary care based early child obesity prevention program beginning in pregnancy at a large urban hospital (Starting Early). The independent variable (IV), prenatal TV watching during meals, was assessed during the 3rd trimester using the question “How often do you watch TV during mealtimes?” Responses: never, sometimes, often, always; dichotomized never vs. all others. The dependent variable (DV), infant TV watching during feeding, was assessed at infant age 3 months using a statement from the Infant Feeding Style Questionnaire “My baby watches TV while feeding” Responses: never, less than half the time, about half the time, more than half the time, always, dichotomized; never vs. all others. The association between IV & DV was examined using chi-square and logistic regression adjusting for maternal age, marital status, parity, education, US born, exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) & infant gender.
RESULTS: Mothers: mean age 28, sd 6, 73% married, 39% primiparous, 35% CONCLUSIONS: Women who watched TV during mealtimes in pregnancy were more likely to expose their children to TV during feeding in infancy. Early childhood obesity prevention efforts seeking to promote responsive feeding may need to begin reinforcing healthy media habits for women during pregnancy.


Session: Platform Session: General Pediatrics: Behavior / Development (12:15 PM - 2:15 PM)
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:30 PM
Room: East Ballroom C - Vancouver Convention Centre
Course Code: 4670


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