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Acta Paediatr. 2013 May;102(5):520-4. doi: 10.1111/apa.12176. Epub 2013 Feb 12.

Infrequent attention to dietary and physical activity behaviours in conversations in Swedish child health services.

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Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. benjamin.bohman@ki.se

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate conversations between nurses and parents in Swedish child health services and to assess to what extent attention is directed towards dietary and physical activity behaviours in children.

METHODS:

Twenty-three nurses audio-recorded one session each. Recordings were assessed and topics were classified according to predetermined categories.

RESULTS:

The three most frequent topics of conversation concerned physical examinations of the child (30% of session time), talking to the child to establish or maintain contact and interest (15%), and development of language skills (12%). Dietary habits came on fourth place (10%), and physical activity ranked 14 (4%).

CONCLUSION:

Attention to dietary and physical activity behaviours in children is infrequent in Swedish child health services. Concern is raised about the efficacy of prevention efforts against childhood obesity.

PMID:
23356388
DOI:
10.1111/apa.12176
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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