Do you worry about what your children eat? Do you think they might be overweight? Do you talk about them about their weight?

A Rutgers-Camden researcher investigating childhood obesity and eating behaviors is looking for parents to complete an online survey.

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Charlotte Markey, an associate professor of psychology studies behaviors that impact eating and body image in children and adolescents. Her current work explores the role of parenting in promoting healthy eating habits and preventing childhood obesity.

Markey said one of the aims of the research is to understand at what age parents develop weight concerns regarding their kids.

"Parental weight concerns are actually associated with more weight gain among kids," she said. "Sometimes when parents restrict access to food, some kids will want it more and eat more."

The survey only takes about 10 minutes and is targeting parents of children ages 13 and younger. All responses are confidential.

Click here to see the survey. As an extra incentive, those who complete it are entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.


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