Addressing the potential adverse effects of school-based BMI assessments on children

Gibbs, Lisa, O`Connor, Thea, Waters, Elizabeth, Booth, Michael, Walsh, Orla, Green, Julie, Bartlett, Jenny and Swinburn, Boyd 2008, Addressing the potential adverse effects of school-based BMI assessments on children, International journal of pediatric obesity, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 52-57, doi: 10.1080/17477160701645202.

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Title Addressing the potential adverse effects of school-based BMI assessments on children
Author(s) Gibbs, Lisa
O`Connor, Thea
Waters, Elizabeth
Booth, Michael
Walsh, Orla
Green, Julie
Bartlett, Jenny
Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name International journal of pediatric obesity
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 52
End page 57
Total pages 6
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, U. K.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1747-7166
Keyword(s) body image
obesity interventions
obesity prevention
obesity research
Summary Introduction. Do child obesity prevention research and intervention measures have the potential to generate adverse concerns about body image by focussing on food, physical activity and body weight? Research findings now demonstrate the emergence of body image concerns in children as young as 5 years. In the context of a large school-community-based child health promotion and obesity prevention study, we aimed to address the potential negative effects of height and weight measures on child wellbeing by developing and implementing an evidence-informed protocol to protect and prevent body image concerns. fun 'n healthy in Moreland! is a cluster randomised controlled trial of a child health promotion and obesity prevention intervention in 23 primary schools in an inner urban area of Melbourne, Australia. Body image considerations were incorporated into the study philosophies, aims, methods, staff training, language, data collection and reporting procedures of this study. This was informed by the published literature, professional body image expertise, pilot testing and implementation in the conduct of baseline data collection and the intervention. This study is the first record of a body image protection protocol being an integral part of the research processes of a child obesity prevention study. Whilst we are yet to measure its impact and outcome, we have developed and tested a protocol based on the evidence and with support from stakeholders in order to minimise the adverse impact of study processes on child body image concerns.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17477160701645202
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2007
Copyright notice ©2008, Informa Healthcare
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