Childhood obesity continues to be a serious health issue, yet researchers have shown that many health and social service professionals lack knowledge about childhood obesity and how it can adversely affect children. Social workers within the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) need to be aware of best practice intervention and prevention services for families with children who are overweight or obese. This qualitative study examined 15 DCFS workers' knowledge of childhood obesity and the obesity prevention services available for children and families. The results indicated that DCFS workers have inconsistent knowledge of childhood obesity with their knowledge of obesity health effects varying considerably. Most workers attributed the problem of childhood obesity to lack of parental education and the absence of monitoring of children's food choices. There was a strong expressed need by the workers for more training, and resources to assist children and families regarding obesity issues. Implications for practice and future DCFS training were discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
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