The rate of childhood obesity in America continues to climb. Many medical experts believe that childhood obesity can develop as early as prenatal development in the uterus, and infancy. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationships between mothers' health and health behaviors (maternal BMI and infant feeding methods) and childhood obesity. We conducted and analyzed a sample of 307 mothers and their children (307) to examine each mother's maternal BMI and her child or children's BMI. We also examined mothers' feeding methods (bottle vs. breastfeeding).The result of this research did not match with the review of literature. Due to small sample size and limited age of children (0-6 months) in the sample, results were not significant. This study will be an important educational tool for health professions to encourage mothers in regard to maintain maternal healthy weight and promoting breast-feeding.


Marge Murray-Davis

First Committee Member

Autumn Hamilton

Second Committee Member

Heather Von Bank

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing

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