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.
|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|
|Keywords:||Body mass index, Childhood obesity, Parental perception, Weight status|
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