The Satter Feeding Dynamics Model

The Satter Feeding Dynamics Model (fdSatter) illustrates that when parents feed according to a developmentally appropriate Division of Responsibility in Feeding (sDOR),1-3 children gradually accumulate attitudes and behaviors that characterize adult Eating Competence. sDOR encourages parents to take leadership with the what, when, and where of feeding and give children autonomy with the how much and whether of eating.1


What can Eating Competent4 children do?

  • Feel good about eating and have the drive to eat.5
  • Naturally eat as much as they need 6-10 and grow in the way that is right for them.11-15
  • Show us how to feed them as they grow and develop.16-18
  • Learn to eat the food their parents eat.5,19-22
  • Enjoy family meals and learn to behave well at mealtime.


Agencies recognize sDOR as best practice

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,23-25
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics26,27
  • Expert committee on child obesity28
  • Head Start29
  • WIC: the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children30
  • USDA Food and Nutrition Service.31


sDOR can soon be directly tested

An instrument for directly testing sDOR, the Satter Feeding Dynamics Inventory, fdSI, has been developed based on cognitive interviewing32 and will soon be validated using videotaped parent-child interactions around feeding.




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