ORIGINAL ARTICLEFood Fussiness in Children Relationship With Dietary Diversity, Eating Behaviors, and Parental Feeding Practices Among 3- to 5-Year-OldsHarmancıoğlu, Begüm PhD; Kabaran, Seray PhD Author Information Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Cyprus. Correspondence: Begüm Harmancıoğlu, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, TR North Cyprus via Mersin 10, Turkey ([email protected] or [email protected]). The authors thank the directors of the kindergartens who accepted this study to be conducted, the kindergarten teachers for their support, and the parents of the children who accepted to participate in this study. The authors also thank Editage (www.editage.com) for English language editing. The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Topics in Clinical Nutrition 38(1):p 2-16, January/March 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000301 Buy Metrics Abstract This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the relationship between children's food fussiness (FF) and dietary diversity, eating behaviors, and parental feeding practices among 314 Cypriot preschoolers aged 3 to 5 years and their parents. Fussy eaters showed negative eating behaviors in general (P < .05). The mean scores of prompting and encouragement to eat were significantly higher among non–fussy eaters (P < .05). Food fussiness scores were negatively correlated with dietary diversity scores (rs = −0.178, P < .05) and positively correlated with parental emotional feeding (rs = 0.114, P < .05). In addition, strictly controlled feeding was positively associated with FF scores (β: .115; 95% confidence interval: 0.041-0.251) and each unit increment in instrumental feeding decreased the risk of FF by 90% (odds ratio: 0.104; 95% confidence interval: 0.037-0.295). Longitudinal studies with larger samples are needed to confirm these correlations through parent-child intervention study designs. © 2023 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.