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J Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Oct;26(5):428-34. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2010.09.001. Epub 2010 Oct 29.

What can parents do to reduce youth obesity? An initial study with a diverse sample.

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Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI, USA. marilyn.frenn@marquette.edu

Abstract

The body mass index (BMI) of diverse, low-income fifth grade students (n = 36) was regressed on physical activity (Child Adolescent Activity Log), percentage dietary fat (Food Habits Questionnaire), and the Food/Activity Parenting Practices Questionnaire. The model explained 50% of the variance in student BMI, adjusted R(2) = .50, F (4, 19) = 6.84, p = .001. Students accurately perceived their weight status. Students' perception of parenting strategies, along with dietary fat, was significantly associated with their BMI. Parent's (n = 14) BMI, not the child's, was associated with the strategies they used. Three parents tested an online authoritative parenting program. Further research is needed.

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21930029
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10.1016/j.pedn.2010.09.001
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