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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Jul;51(7):663-70. doi: 10.1177/0009922812440841. Epub 2012 Apr 11.

Early-childhood obesity: how do low-income parents of preschoolers rank known risk factors?

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  • 1Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA. raquel.hernandez@allkids.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine parental rankings of known factors related to early-childhood obesity and compare reports between parents of healthy weight and overweight children.

METHODS:

Parents of 2- to 5-year-old children seeking well-child care ranked card-sort statements including risks, barriers, and motivating factors for achieving a healthy weight child. Frequencies and means of ranked factors are reported and compared.

RESULTS:

Of the 150 participants, few parents (7.4%) considered low levels of physical activity a top risk factor compared with other known risks. Inability to control the food choices of alternate caregivers was the greatest perceived barrier to achieving a healthy child weight (34%). There were no differences in rankings by child weight groups.

CONCLUSION:

Low-income parents of preschoolers are aware of high-risk feeding behaviors, but few recognize the risk of inactivity in their young child. Innovations that promote adequate physical activity and engage influential caregivers during counseling are necessary.

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