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VIANA, Victor; SANTOS, Pedro Lopes dos  and  GUIMARAES, Maria Júlia. Eating behavior and food habits in children and adolescents: A literature review. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2008, vol.9, n.2, pp.209-231. ISSN 1645-0086.

In this literature review, some factors of eating practices and eating behavior along development of children and adolescents are described. Although there are some genetic influences, the learning experiences with different tastes and foods in affective and social context are the main determinants of eating habits and preferences. Satisfactions with body aspect, the time spent in TV and publicity about food are some of the important influences in children and adolescents eating preferences, exercise practices. Overeating and overweight are some of the negative consequences. Obesity and eating disorders are the results of eating style and food selection. To understand eating behavior and overweight development is an important step to develop preventive and educative strategies.

Keywords : Children and adolescents obesity; Eating behavior; Food intake,; Food preferences; Weight control.

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