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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-61

Perception about childhood obesity and overweight among parents and children

Lecturer, College of Nursing, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Childhood obesity is a serious public health problem and has reached epidemic proportions in most of the developed countries. India is not an exception to this trend. In this study, the perception about childhood obesity and overweight was assessed on a consecutive sample size of 105 obese and overweight children and their parents attending the out-patient department of tertiary hospital, using cross sectional design. A 10 item questionnaire developed by the researcher was used to collect data. The overall perception towards obesity and overweight was good in the majority (89.5%) of parents. Majority (85%) of obese and overweight children also showed good perception towards obesity. Recognition of obesity as a preventable health problem is paramount in the management of childhood obesity. Overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence have substantial and adverse long-term consequences for physical health. It is major responsibility of health care personnel to identify obesity and overweight in children and to teach about its harmful effects inorder to prevent its consequences.

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