Obesity in children in out-of-home care : a review of the literature

Skouteris, Helen, McCabe, Marita, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Henwood, Adele, Limbrick, Sheree and Miller, Robyn 2011, Obesity in children in out-of-home care : a review of the literature, Australian social work, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 475-486.

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Title Obesity in children in out-of-home care : a review of the literature
Author(s) Skouteris, Helen
McCabe, Marita
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew
Henwood, Adele
Limbrick, Sheree
Miller, Robyn
Journal name Australian social work
Volume number 64
Issue number 4
Start page 475
End page 486
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Keyword(s) Out-of-home Care
Health
Overweight
Obesity
Summary Children placed in out-of-home care are a particularly disadvantaged group in society, who have often been exposed to trauma and socioeconomic disadvantage. As a result, they experience poorer health outcomes than children in the general population, especially mental health outcomes. One health outcome that has yet to be researched thoroughly is overweight and obesity of children placed in out-of-home care. Hence, the overall goal of this paper was to review the extant literature over the last decade on weight-related issues for children in out-of-home care, with particular emphasis on overweight and obesity. The findings of the review revealed that there is a lack of rigorous Australian research in relation to prevalence rates of overweight and obesity in children in out-of-home care; there is a lack of strategies or interventions designed specifically to combat overweight and obesity in children in out-of-home care; and one of the major limitations of Australian research to date is the use of self-report measures to assess the weight status of children in out-of-home care. It was concluded that prevention and intervention strategies are needed that target children as they enter out-of-home care.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046062

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