Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2014-101881
  • Child health
  • Cross-sectional study

Low parent health literacy is associated with ‘obesogenic’ infant care behaviours

  1. Jennifer Lee Besse
  1. Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr EunSeok Cha, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30322-4201, USA; echa5{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • Obesogenic infant care behaviours may increase childhood obesity, and predict obesity and related health risks in adulthood.

  • Poor parent health literacy predicts poor child health outcomes including childhood obesity.

  • Nurses should assess parent health literacy and provide appropriate support to prevent obesogenic infant care behaviours.

  • Future research could focus on evaluating parent educational programmes tailored to health literacy level and effectiveness on reducing obesogenic care behaviours.


Family-centred childhood obesity prevention programmes are recommended from the prenatal period onwards.1 ,2 Such programmes address obesogenic infant care behaviours including: infant feeding including formula feeding, provision of sweet drinks and early introduction …

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