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Family food providers' perceptions of the causes of obesity and effectiveness of weight control strategies in five countries in the Asia Pacific Region: a cross-sectional survey

Worsley, Anthony, Wang, Wei, Sarmugam, Rani, Pham, Quynh, Februhartanty, Judhiastuty and Ridley, Stacey 2017, Family food providers' perceptions of the causes of obesity and effectiveness of weight control strategies in five countries in the Asia Pacific Region: a cross-sectional survey, Nutrients, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.3390/nu9010078.

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Title Family food providers' perceptions of the causes of obesity and effectiveness of weight control strategies in five countries in the Asia Pacific Region: a cross-sectional survey
Author(s) Worsley, AnthonyORCID iD for Worsley, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-4635-6059
Wang, WeiORCID iD for Wang, Wei orcid.org/0000-0003-4287-1704
Sarmugam, Rani
Pham, Quynh
Februhartanty, Judhiastuty
Ridley, StaceyORCID iD for Ridley, Stacey orcid.org/0000-0002-7112-142X
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Article ID 78
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-01-18
ISSN 2072-6643
Keyword(s) Asia Pacific
food providers
obesity
perceptions
survey
weight concerns
Adolescent
Adult
Asia
Body Weight
China
Cross-Sectional Studies
Family Characteristics
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Promotion
Humans
Indonesia
Male
Middle Aged
Nutrition Policy
Nutrition Surveys
Prevalence
Risk Factors
Singapore
Socioeconomic Factors
Surveys and Questionnaires
Vietnam
Young Adult
Summary The rise of the middle classes in developing countries and the associated epidemiological transition raises the importance of assessing this population group's awareness of the causes of obesity and effective weight control strategies in order to develop effective health promotion strategies. The study aimed to examine the perceptions of the causes of obesity and weight control strategies held by middle class household food providers in Melbourne, Singapore, Shanghai, Indonesia and Vietnam. An online survey was conducted in late 2013, early 2014 among 3945 respondents. Information about body weight concerns, perceived causes of obesity, effectiveness of weight control methods, demographics, self-reported height and weight, and personal values was elicited. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) derived nine reliable factors which were used in structural equation modelling (SEM). Two thirds of respondents were trying to change their body weight, of them, 71% were trying to lose weight. The CFA and SEM showed that demographics, region of residence, personal values and perceptions of the causes of obesity (Unhealthy food behaviours, influences Beyond personal control and Environmental influences) had direct and indirect associations with three weight control methods factors, named: Healthy habits, Eat less, sit less, and Dieting. Middle class food providers in the study regions share public health views of obesity causation and personal weight control. These findings could inform public health and food policies, and the design of public health interventions and communications. Further research is required among lower socio economic status (SES) populations.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu9010078
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091456

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