Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parental perception of their child's weight status
by Agresta, Laura M., M.S., College of Saint Elizabeth, 2012, 41; 1508921
Abstract (Summary)

Objective: Obesity is a growing problem among children. This study explored parents' perceptions of their child's weight status, as defined by body mass index (BMI). Methods: Parents of children aged 3–5 years old were surveyed regarding their perception of their child's weight status. Information was also gathered including child's exercise frequency, and physician involvement. Parents provided subjects' height and weight. Results: Of the 69 subjects in this sample, 53.6% of parents accurately perceived their child's weight status. All 27 overweight or obese children were misclassified by parents as normal or underweight. 14.81% of these parents were “a little” or “concerned” with their child's weight status. Conclusion: Parental awareness and concern about obesity and its associated health risks must be raised in order to encourage healthy lifestyles in their children. Further research is necessary to determine the most effective approach to increase parental awareness on childhood obesity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Buison, Anne, Burge, Jean
Commitee: Barrett, Thomas, Luby, Monica
School: College of Saint Elizabeth
Department: Foods and Nutrition Department
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition
Keywords: Body mass index, Childhood obesity, Parental perception, Weight status
Publication Number: 1508921
ISBN: 978-1-267-28917-9
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