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June 27, 2024

Research Snapshot: The Relationship Between Fathers’ Social Media Use and Their Food Parenting Practices

Highlights of a study of how parents use social media and how it relates to their parenting practices around food

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Parents play an important role in children’s eating behaviours. One way that parents exert their influence is through their food parenting practices. Parents may use social media to seek information on how to guide their children’s eating habits. However, there is limited research on how social media use may influence food parenting practices.

In this study, the researchers examined how mothers and fathers use social media and how it relates to their parenting practices around food.

This research builds on our growing understanding of the Family Wellbeing  component of the Vanier Institute’s Family Diversities and Wellbeing Framework.

Saher, A., Tang, L., Douglas, S., Jacob, R., Walton, K., Sadowski, A., Ma, D. W. L., & Haines, J. (2024, March 1). Fathers’ use of social media for social comparison is associated with their food parenting practices. Appetite, 194, 107201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2024.107201