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Parental translation into practice of healthy eating and active play messages and the impact on childhood obesity: a mixed methods study

Huxtable, Alyssa, Millar, Lynne, Love, Penelope, Bell, Colin and Whelan, Jillian 2018, Parental translation into practice of healthy eating and active play messages and the impact on childhood obesity: a mixed methods study, Nutrients, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.3390/nu10050545.

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Title Parental translation into practice of healthy eating and active play messages and the impact on childhood obesity: a mixed methods study
Author(s) Huxtable, Alyssa
Millar, Lynne
Love, PenelopeORCID iD for Love, Penelope orcid.org/0000-0002-1244-3947
Bell, ColinORCID iD for Bell, Colin orcid.org/0000-0003-2731-9858
Whelan, JillianORCID iD for Whelan, Jillian orcid.org/0000-0001-9434-109X
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 10
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-05
ISSN 2072-6643
Keyword(s) childhood obesity
parents
nurse
prevention
maternal and child health
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
nutrition & dietetics
Summary Childhood obesity is a significant health issue worldwide. Modifiable risk factors in early childhood relate to child healthy eating and active play, and are influenced by parents. The aim of the study was two-fold. Firstly, to determine the weight status of children aged between birth and 3.5 years in a rural and remote area of Australia. Secondly, to explore the relationship between child weight status and translation of advice on healthy eating and active play provided to parents by local, nurse-led, Maternal Child Health (MCH) services. Measured anthropometric data (n = 438) were provided by MCH services. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with two MCH nurses and 15 parents. Prevalence of overweight/obesity was calculated. Local childhood overweight/obesity prevalence was lower than the national average at age 3.5 years (11.38%; 20%). Parents identified the MCH service as a key source of healthy eating and active play advice and reported mostly following recommendations but struggling with screen time and fussy eating recommendations. We observed a relaxation in parent attitudes towards healthy child behaviours which coincided with a trend towards obesity from 12 months (p < 0.001). MCH services provide useful and effective advice to parents but ongoing support is required to prevent obesity later in childhood.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu10050545
Field of Research 1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, the authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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