Parental status and childhood obesity in Australia

Byrne, Linda K., Cook, Kay E., Skouteris, Helen and Do, Michael 2011, Parental status and childhood obesity in Australia, International journal of pediatric obesity, vol. 6, no. 5-6, pp. 415-418.

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Title Parental status and childhood obesity in Australia
Author(s) Byrne, Linda K.
Cook, Kay E.
Skouteris, Helen
Do, Michael
Journal name International journal of pediatric obesity
Volume number 6
Issue number 5-6
Start page 415
End page 418
Total pages 4
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 1747-7166
1747-7174
Keyword(s) childhood obesity
children ’ s diet
single-parent households
television viewing
BMI
Summary The overall aim of this study was to examine obesogenic factors in children from single and dual parent families. Data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) (8,717 children) were analyzed to examine the differences in children ’ s activity levels, dietary intake and BMI according to parental status and determine the likelihood of childhood overweight and obesity in a single-parent household. There were higher rates of overweight and obesity in girls aged four to nine whose parents were single (OR 1:60). Children in single-parent households watched more television, ate more food high in fat and sugar and less fresh fruit and vegetables than children from dual-parent households. The findings suggested that an additive effect of dietary and activity variables may contribute to the higher rates of overweight and obesity in Australian children, and that girls from single-parent households may be particularly at risk.
Language eng
Field of Research 111707 Family Care
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037009

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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