In light of null findings regarding alternative explanations, children’s requests for unhealthy food and parents’ willingness to grant them may be related to cultural practices around parenting that differ by social class. Consequently, culture may be an important yet under-emphasized mechanism contributing to socioeconomic disparities in children’s dietary habits and health.
The authors are grateful for funding to conduct this research from the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and from the Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research through a the Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Fund.
Perry, B.L. and McCrory Calarco, J. (2017), "Let Them Eat Cake: Socioeconomic Status and Caregiver Indulgence of Children’s Food and Drink Requests", Food Systems and Health (Advances in Medical Sociology, Vol. 18), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 121-146. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1057-629020170000018006
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