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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: August | Volume: 8 | Issue: 8 | Pages: 267-271

A Study on Attitude and Practice of Parents on Childhood Overweight and Obesity

Shivani Bhatia1, Ms. Binu Bhatia2

1Research Scholar, 2Assistant Professor
Department Nutrition and Dietetics, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad, India.

Corresponding Author: Shivani Bhatia


Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat that accumulate in the body which impair health and are complex issues associated with genes, lifestyle behaviours, and the environment. The difference between overweight and obesity in children can be distinguished through BMI Percentile. The aim of the present study was to assess the attitude and practice of parents on childhood obesity and the finding of study revealed that 56% children were found to be obese and 44% children were found overweight. Even after having the knowledge about obesity and overweight, majority of parents with 48% think their child was slightly overweight. While all parents prefer small & frequent meal for their child but only 68% give more than 4 meals in a day. Majority of parents were concern about their child weight but 56% of children were not trying to do anything about their weight.  To overcome this 60% parents make sure their child eat healthy food every other day. 96% parents themselves avoid eating outside and focus on healthy eating while 40% eat healthy with their child only. 46% parents frequently discuss about physical activity but 22% parents were unhappy with the amount of physical activity. 96% focus on both physical activity and studies while only 26% children go and play outside daily. The data was collected and tabulated through mean, standard deviation and SPSS software which shows statistical significance with p value .00 between different criteria’s.

Key words: childhood, overweight, obesity, parents.

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