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Practicalities and research considerations for conducting childhood obesity prevention interventions with families

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posted on 2024-06-17, 21:36 authored by PJ Morgan, RA Jones, CE Collins, Kylie HeskethKylie Hesketh, MD Young, TL Burrows, AM Magarey, Helen BrownHelen Brown, T Hinkley, RA Perry, L Brennan, Alison SpenceAlison Spence, Karen CampbellKaren Campbell
Internationally, childhood obesity is a major public health concern. Given the established difficulties in treating obesity, designing and evaluating effective obesity prevention interventions are research priorities. As parents play a crucial role in establishing positive health behaviours in children, they are a key target for child obesity prevention programs. However, recruiting and engaging parents in such interventions can be a considerable challenge for researchers and practitioners. Members of the 'Parenting, Child Behaviour and Well-being' stream of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN) have considerable and varied expertise in conducting such interventions and can provide insights into addressing these challenges. This paper aims to highlight considerations regarding the design, implementation, and evaluation of obesity prevention interventions with families and provide practical insights and recommendations for researchers and practitioners conducting family-based research in this area. Case studies of three family-based interventions conducted by ACAORN members are highlighted to provide examples and contextualise the recommendations proposed.

History

Journal

Children

Volume

3

Season

Article Number : 24

Article number

ARTN 24

Location

Switzerland

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2227-9067

eISSN

2227-9067

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, MDPI

Issue

4

Publisher

MDPI