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EMAC 2021 Annual Conference

The relation of parental food shopping to children’s food attitudes and BMI

Published: May 25, 2021


David Skala, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics & Business; Ruzica Brecic, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business; Luca Panzone, Newcastle University, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences; Viviana Albani, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Population Health Sciences Institute; Miroslav Mandi?, Faculty of Economic and Business - University of Zagreb


The purpose of this research is to examine children’s implicit and explicit attitudes toward healthy and unhealthy food and children’s BMI in relation to parental food shopping and attitudes. In total, 140 parents and their children were involved (70 girls and 70 boys aged 6 to 9 years). The results demonstrated differences between children’s implicit and explicit attitudes towards food. Children had positive explicit attitudes toward food, but implicit attitudes are not very pronounced. On the other hand, there was no direct relation between parental shopping decisions and children’s BMI but hierarchical regression show that over and above “parental purchasing decisions” explicit and implicit attitudes predict BMI for overweight children.


This project is supported by Croatian Science Foundation (Project name: Math Attds; PZS-2019-02-9814).