Trick or Treat? – When children with childhood food allergies lead parents into unhealthy food choices

Mahmoud, Ali B, Hack-Polay, Dieu, Fuxman, Leonora and Grigoriou, Nicholas (2020) Trick or Treat? – When children with childhood food allergies lead parents into unhealthy food choices. BMC Public Health, 20 (1). ISSN 1471-2458

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Abstract

Background
This study examines the relationships between childhood food allergy and parental unhealthy food
choices for their children across attitudes towards childhood obesity as mediators and parental
gender, income and education as potential moderators.
Methods
We surveyed parents with at least one child between the ages of 6 and 12 living in Canada and the
United States. We received 483 valid responses that were analysed using structural equation
modelling approach with bootstrapping to test the hypothetical path model and its invariance
across the moderators.
Results
The analysis revealed that pressure to eat fully mediated the effects of childhood food allergy and
restriction on parental unhealthy food choices for their children. Finally, we found that parental
gender moderated the relationship between childhood food allergy and the pressure to eat.
Conclusions
The paper contributes to the literature on food allergies among children and the marginalisation of
families with allergies. Our explorative model is a first of its kind and offers a fresh perspective
on complex relationships between variables under consideration. The paper bears particular
significance owing to the critical period in which it takes place, i.e. the global coronavirus pandemic as it casts light on how families with allergies should be part of the priority groups.

Keywords:Food allergies, Food choices
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:42422
Deposited On:23 Sep 2020 11:22

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