Relative Importance of Determinants of Changes in Eating Behavior during the Transition to Parenthood: Priorities for Future Research and Interventions

Vickà Versele, Phaedra Debekker, F Marijn Stok, Dirk Aerenhouts, Peter Clarys, Benedicte Deforche, Eva D'Hondt, Roland Devlieger, Annick Bogaerts, Tom Deliens

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BACKGROUND: Healthy eating behavior throughout pregnancy and postpartum is important. This study aimed to investigate the perceived sex-specific importance of determinants of changes in eating behavior during pregnancy and postpartum.

METHODS: Fifty-four determinants were rated by first-time parents (n = 179) on their impact. Experts (n = 31) rated the determinants in terms of their modifiability, relationship strength, and population-level effect from which a "priority for research"-score was calculated.

RESULTS: During pregnancy, the three highest rated determinants by women were "health concerns", "physiological changes", and "fatigue". Men perceived "health concerns", "health consciousness", and "influence of the pregnant partner" as important. Postpartum, the three highest rated determinants by women were "adaptation to rhythm of baby", "baby becomes priority", and "practical constraints because of the baby". Men perceived "adaptation to rhythm of baby", "fatigue". and "(lack of) anticipation" as important. According to the experts, "professional influence", "food knowledge", and "home food availability" received high priority scores for both sexes and during both periods.

CONCLUSIONS: Priority for research and interventions should go towards tailored family-based approaches focusing on food education in a broad sense taking into account aspects such as health consciousness, self-efficacy skills, and the social and home food environment while being supported by healthcare professionals.

Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer2429
Aantal pagina's21
TijdschriftNutrients
Volume13
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
DOI's
StatusPublished - jul 2021

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by a research grant from The Research Foundation–Flanders (“Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek” (FWO)) with Project Number G033418 N. RD is the holder of an FWO Fundamental Clinical Investigatorship with Number 1803311 N. Contact information: Egmontstraat 5, 1000 Brussel. Telephone: +322-512-9110. Email: post@fwo.be. The funder had no role in the study design, data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of data, writing the report, nor the decision to submit the report for publication and will not have ultimate authority over any of these activities.

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a research grant from The Research Foundation–Flanders (“Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek” (FWO)) with Project Number G033418 N. RD is the holder of an FWO Fundamental Clinical Investigatorship with Number 1803311 N. Contact infor-mation: Egmontstraat 5, 1000 Brussel. Telephone: +322-512-9110. Email: post@fwo.be. The funder had no role in the study design, data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of data, writing the report, nor the decision to submit the report for publication and will not have ultimate authority over any of these activities. Acknowledgments: The authors would like to acknowledge and thank all the first-time parents and external experts who participated in the evaluation of determinants of eating behavior during the transition to parenthood. We also acknowledge and thank all experts contributing to this study. Experts who consented to be included in the acknowledgement section of the manuscript are alpha-betically listed below: Katrien Benhalima, University Hospitals KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Yvette Beulen MSc., Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen, Netherlands. Margriet Bi-jholt MSc., University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium. Tessy Boedt, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Anne Christenson, Karolinska Instituet, Stockholm, Sweden. Rossa Corcoy, Hospital de la Sante Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain. Prof. Benedicte Deforche, Ghent University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent and Brussels, Belgium. Anna M. Dieberger MSc., Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria. Caragh Flannery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Laura Forbes, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada. Judith G.M. Jelsma, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Susan De Jersey, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Rebecca A Krukowski, University of Ten-nessee, Tennessee, United States. Christophe Matthys, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Evelien Mertens, Erasmushogeschool Brussel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium. Lisa Moran, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Nina Cecilie Øverby, University of Agder, Agder, Nor-way. Elisabete Pinto, Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal. Abu Ahmed Shamim MSc., BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Fernanda Surita, University of Campinas, Brazil. Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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