Navigation Links
One out of 2 parents do not see their child's weight problem
Date:3/13/2014

Susann Regber has worked for many years with children with obesity as a pediatric nurse. In her dissertation at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, she studied the parents' role in the health-promoting and disease-prevention work against child obesity in young children.

The research is a part of a European study that comprises a total of 16,220 children in the ages 2-9, of which 1,800 live in Partille, Alingss and Mlndal in Sweden.

Estimate the weight status

In Susann Regber's dissertation, the parents were asked to estimate their child's weight status and health, and to describe their own worries about their child's becoming overweight or underweight. The parents' perceptions were then compared with the children's actual measurements.

Among other findings, the studies show that:

  • Around 40 per cent of parents of children with both overweight and obesity are worried that the child will become underweight. Among parents of children who are already underweight, the proportion that are worried about it is 33 per cent.

  • One out of two parents of a child with overweight in Central and Northern Europe perceived their child's weight as normal. In Southern Europe, the same figure was 75 per cent.

Major significance

"How parents perceive their child's weight status is of major significance to being able to promote a healthy weight development. Our studies show that the parents' insight into obesity in their children indeed grows in pace with the child's age and higher BMI in the child, but also that a weight development at preschool age can go from overweight to obesity without necessary lifestyle changes being made," says Susann Regber, who is presenting the findings in her dissertation:

"Many parents simply do not see the increase in growth, and are dependent on objective information from, for instance, child welfare centers and school health care to act." A simple measure may be to introduce a routine in pediatric and school health care to always show the child's BMI curve to the parents.

Many obstacles to healthy habits

As a part of the studies, the researchers arranged group discussions with children and parents. In the talks, the parents emphasized that there are many obstacles to being able to maintain healthy eating habits: long working days, financial limitations, and the constant availability and marketing of unhealthy food and drinks.

Another problem that was brought up was that other family members, like spouses and grandparents, broke the rules set up in the home.

"But the parents also emphasized examples that promoted good eating habits, like children being served good, healthy food at day-care and in school," says Susann Regber.

The findings in this dissertation are based on the European research project IDEFICS, where researchers from various parts of Europe are studying lifestyle, diet and obesity as well as their health effects on children between the ages of 2 and 10 years.


'/>"/>

Contact: Krister Svahn
krister.svahn@sahlgrenska.gu.se
46-031-786-3869
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Magpie parents know a baby cuckoo when they see one
2. CU study relies on twins and their parents to understand height-IQ connection
3. Blame your parents for bunion woes
4. CU-Boulder study looks at microbial differences between parents, kids and dogs
5. Disappearing nannies force parents to accept their duties
6. Environment schemes for kids influence parents behavior
7. Parents talking to their teens about being overweight
8. Questionnaire completed by parents may help identify 1-year-olds at risk for autism
9. Parents seen as critical stakeholders in expanding newborn screening
10. Parents say that healthy eating is challenging for youth who play sports
11. Starting a family does not encourage parents to eat healthier
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
One out of 2 parents do not see their child's weight problem
(Date:6/23/2017)... ITHACA, N.Y. , June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... leader in dairy research, today announced a new collaboration ... reduce the chances that the global milk supply is ... dairy project, Cornell University has become the newest academic ... Supply Chain, a food safety initiative that includes IBM ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... 2017 RAM Group , Singaporean ... breakthrough in biometric authentication based on a ... to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are based ... by Ram Group and its partners. This sensor will ... chains and security. Ram Group is a next ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... 13, 2017 UBM,s Advanced Design and Manufacturing ... feature emerging and evolving technology through its 3D Printing ... run alongside the expo portion of the event and ... demonstrations focused on trending topics within 3D printing and ... manufacturing event will take place June 13-15, 2017 at the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... 16, 2017 , ... Tunnell Consulting announced today that four of ... Annual Meeting and Expo , to be held October 29 through November 1 in ... innovation to advance patient therapies.” , The ISPE Annual Meeting and Expo will feature ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... microbe delivery system, announced it has secured $2M in funding from an impressive ... Angels, Carmen Innovations, and SVG Thrive Fund. With this investment, 3Bar is broadening ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... spending the past two years building a state-of-the-art technology which consolidates ... this platform to healthcare stakeholders (hospitals, foundations, biopharma companies etc.) who ... vis a vis their members, under their own brand. Three recent ... ... ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... August 15, 2017 , ... Any expert in stem cell research or stem ... more than half a century. Despite their essential roles in human health and ... that molecular tags developed for this purpose also tag other, more abundant, non-stem tissue ...
Breaking Biology Technology: