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From JNEB – Advancing Nutrition Education and Behavior

Posted by: and on Monday September 12, 2022

I know this issue highlights some unique advances in nutrition education and behavior research, and I know you will agree with me as you read through this issue! We may know anecdotally that we eat differently when we are stressed or mad or sad. That’s where all those comfort foods come in. However, Klosowska et al take the anecdotal to the scientific inquiry level for adolescent emotional eating. These authors examined how the parents’ feeding practices and eat- ing behaviors were associated with the adolescents’ emotional eating and emotional regulation. What an exciting line of investigation to pursue!

Gutuskey et al describe their data-informed development of healthy eating and physical activity social marketing campaign. A multi-year evaluation revealed a steady increase in campaign exposure from 2013 to 2017, followed by a decline when new messages and images were introduced in 2018 and 2020. However, what got my notice was the variety of evaluation methods and the continuous attention to impact.

We have 2 articles concerned with infant feeding. In Kebbe et al, women completed Eating Inventory and Infant Feeding Styles Questionnaires to assess maternal eating behavior and maternal attitudes toward infant feeding. Although the sample size was relatively small, 13 breastfeeding mothers and 27 formula-feeding mothers, significant associations between the mothers’ eating behaviors and their feeding behaviors were found. Dinour found that more than half of the 126 participants used an app to track infant feeding. Those using an app were more likely to have an infant that ever breastfed or exclusively breastfed. Another venue for nutrition educators to help mothers reach their nutrition behavior goals.

One target audience that is harder to reach is those with an autism spectrum disorder. Buro et al describe their virtual nutrition education pro- gram, Bringing Adolescent Learners with Autism Nutrition and Culinary Education (BALANCE) and its impact on healthy eating. This program holds promise for additional successful strategies targeting those with autism spectrum disorders. As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder continues to grow, from 1 in 150 children in 2000 to 1 in 44 children in 2018, those of us working in child nutrition will need to develop our skills for these children. Finally, I wanted to draw your attention to the study by Maafs-Rodr’ıguez et al. They adapted healthy eating guidelines and social media for Span- ish-speakers. Using the Framework for Reporting Adaptations and Modifications-Expanded by Stirman et al added a new and important aspect to message adaptation, at least for me.

Of course, there are many more exciting papers in this issue of JNEB. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did!

Karen Chapman-Novakofski, PhD, RDN Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Advancing Research, Practice, and Policy

  1. Klosowska J, Verbeken S, Braet C, De Henauw S, Michels N. Emotion regulation moderates the associations of food parenting and adolescent emotional eating. J. Nutr Educ Behav. 2022;54: 808–817.
  2. Gutuskey L, Wolford BK, Wilkin MK, Hofer R, Fantacone JM, Scott MK. Choices catch on: data-informed evolution of a social marketing campaign. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022;54:818–826.
  3. Kebbe M, Altazan AD, Beyl RA, Gil- more LA, Redman LM. Infant feeding varies across eating behavior and feed- ing modalities in mothers with low J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022;54: 827–834.
  4. Dinour Infant feeding tracker apps: cross-sectional analysis of use. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022;54:835–843.
  5. Buro AW, Gray HL, Kirby RS, Marshall J, Strange M, Hasan S, Holloway Pilot study of a virtual nutrition intervention for adolescents with autism spectrum dis- order. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022;54:853– 862.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data and statistics on autism spectrum disorder. ncbddd/autism/data.html. Accessed July 20, 2022.
  7. Maafs-Rodr’ıguez A, Otis B, Mattei Cultural adaptation and social media promotion of healthy eating guides for Spanish-speakers. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022;54:863–871.
  8. Stirman S, Baumann AA, Miller The FRAME: an expanded framework for reporting adaptations and modifications to evidence-based interventions. Imple- ment Sci. 2019;14:58.