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Feed with Love and Respect

Much of the research related to feeding tended to focus on infancy, and much of that focused on the most vulnerable groups most likely to experience challenges in attaining and maintaining adequate nourishment for survival and growth.

Though the research related to feeding normally developing children is limited, it was clear that what API promotes is well-reflected in the feeding literature. Indeed, one of the papers presented not only links parenting and feeding but also places the entire feeding relationship inside the overall parent-child relationship. Papers also examined relationships between parenting, emotional eating, obesity and attachment quality. Almost every study noted a dearth of research in the area of feeding and called for more work to be done.