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Factors Influencing Parental Perception of Child's Weight Status

Title: Factors Influencing Parental Perception of Child's Weight Status.
Name(s): Mauldin, Sabrina, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Research Report
Date Issued: 04/16/2018
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Purpose: Childhood obesity is one of the most challenging and complex epidemics in today’s society. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated the prevalence of childhood obesity will increase from 7% in 2012 to 11% in 2025. The purpose of the project is to identify factors that may influence parental perception of a child’s weight status. Methods: Parents of children aged 6-12 were surveyed regarding their child’s healthy behaviors, demographic information and perception of child’s current weight. Parents were also asked to select a body type they felt most accurately represented their child from a sketch which included 7 different body types. Children’s height and weight were measured and BMI was calculated. Parents were also asked to give a verbal description such as a little underweight, about the right weight, or overweight. Results: Thirty-two parents participated the survey. Nineteen out of 27 parents (70%) correctly perceived their children’s weight status. Common factors such as income, employment status, providing opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating habits were identified as impacting how a parent perceived their child’s weight status. Eighty percent of parents that provided an opportunity for physical activity to their child perceived their child to be about the right weight. Half of the parents that never/almost never provided an opportunity for physical activity perceived their child to be overweight. Discussion: If health care providers understand the elements affecting parental perception, there is an opportunity for change. Discussing healthy eating habits, limiting amount of screen time spent on electronics or television, and the importance of physical activity may heighten understanding. Conclusion: As a country with an increasing rate of childhood obesity it is imperative to identify causative factors prompting this epidemic. Although parents play an integral role in managing their child’s weight there are many other influences affecting obesity. Future research is needed to gain more insight and create a shared responsibility.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1523928001_5e75d773 (IID)
Keywords: Key words: child obesity, perception of obesity
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Host Institution: FSU

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Mauldin, S. (2018). Factors Influencing Parental Perception of Child's Weight Status. Retrieved from