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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parental perceptions of childhood obesity: Do parents realize if their child is overweight?
by Patience, Molly Katherine, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 70; 1528022
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to research parents' ability to acknowledge obesity within their own child. Based on this goal, the following hypotheses were tested: parents who are overweight or obese themselves will be less likely to acknowledge the presence of overweight or obesity in their own child; increases in the characteristics of Nature Deficit Disorder, namley sedentary activity and exclusion of the outdoors, will be positively correlated with increases in childhood obesity; there is no relationship between a parent's BMI and their child's sedentary behavior; there is no relationship between a parent's BMI and their child's physically active behavior. No significance was found, however findings indicated that the majority of parents, regardless of their weight category, were unable to correctly identify the weight category of their child. Further research is recommended to explore a parent's ability to correctly indicate the weight category of their own child.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fulthorp, Keith
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Recreation Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition, Individual & family studies, Recreation
Keywords: Childhood obesity, Nature-deficit disorder, Obesity
Publication Number: 1528022
ISBN: 978-1-303-98546-1
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