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

Marilyn Frenn, Amy Heinrich, Claire Schmidt Dohmen, Jessica E. Pruszynski

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-434
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • Authoritative parenting
  • BMI
  • Dietary fat
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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