220 Padnos Hall
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401
BMS 222 - Public Health
BMS 223 - Public Health Concepts
BMS 310 - Intro to Research
BMS 305 - Clinical Nutrition
BMS 404 - Community Nutrition
BMS 523 - Epidemiology
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006-2008
Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2005
M.S., Clinical Nutrition, University of Michigan, 1990
B.S., Nutrition, University of Michigan, 1984
The associations between maternal child-feeding practices and childhood obesity. The role of behaviors on physical activity in adolescent girls and serving size on daily calorie intake of 3-5 year old children.
The prevalence of childhood obesity is increasing which is a significant public health issue, as overweight children tend to become overweight adults, and adult obesity increases morbidity and mortality. There is evidence, primarily in young Caucasian girls, that family environment such as maternal feeding practices influence child eating behaviors and through this pathway on child’s overweight status. I am currently exploring the association of maternal restrictive feeding practices on the restrictive feeding practices of boys and girls and if this is modified by ethnic identity. Future research goals in this area are to conduct a pilot test to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a feeding and physical activity intervention in mothers and their 8-12-year old daughters.
Sisson LG, and Lown, DA. Do soup kitchen meals contribute tosuboptimal nutrient intake and obesity in the homeless population? Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 6:3, 312-232, 2011.
Lown,DA. Fitzgibbon ML., Dyer A., Schiffer L., Gomez S., and Braunschweig CL. "Effect of Variable Energy Served on 24-Hour Energy Intake in 16 Preschools, Chicago, Illinois, 2007." Preventing chronic disease 8, no. 3:A58, 2011.
Braunschweig CL, Lown DA. Evidence-based medicine for nutrition support: An overview of the process. Nutr Clin Pract. 22(6):599-601, 2008.
Lown DA, Braunschweig CL. Determinants of physical activity in low-income, overweight African American Girls. Am J Health Behav. 32(3):253-259,2008.
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