Margherita Guidetti Nicoletta Cavazza

"De gustibus": social influence in the formation of food preferences

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The aim of the present paper was to review the research about parents' and peers' influences on children's and adolescents' food preferences and eating behaviour. After a brief outline of the processes of food preferences and eating behaviour formation, we dealt with the ways in which parents affect children (genes transmission, restriction of food experience, modelling, parenting practices and parenting styles), children affect parents, and friends affect each others in the food domain. We finally discussed the directions of future research in the field.


  • food preferences
  • eating behaviour
  • social influence
  • modelling
  • parenting styles


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