School-Aged Overweight and Obese Children in Rural America

Disease-a-month: DM (Impact Factor: 0.95). 11/2012; 58(11):639-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.disamonth.2012.08.006
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    ABSTRACT: Given the pivotal role of African American caregiver's perceptions of childhood obesity in rural areas, the inclusion of caregiver's perceptions could potentially reduce childhood obesity rates. The objective of the current study was to explore childhood obesity perceptions among African Americans in a rural Georgia community. This concurrent mixed methods study utilized two theoretical frameworks: Social Cognitive Theory and Social Ecological Model. Using a convenience sample, caregivers ages 22-65 years completed a paper-based survey (n = 135) and a face-to-face interview (n = 12) to explore perceptions of obesity risk factors, health complications, weight status, built environment features, and obesity prevention approaches. Descriptive statistics were generated and a six-step process was used for qualitative analysis. Participants commonly cited behavioral risk factors; yet, social aspects and appearance of the community were not considered contributing factors. Chronic diseases were reported as obesity health complications. Caregivers had a distorted view of their child's weight status. In addition, analysis revealed that caregivers assessed child's weight and height measurements by the child's appearance or a recent doctor visit. Environmental barriers reported by caregivers included safety concerns and insufficient physical activity venues and programs. Also, caregivers conveyed parents are an imperative component of preventing obesity. Although this study found caregivers were aware of obesity risk factors, health complications, built environment features, and prevention approaches their obesity perceptions were not incorporated into school or community prevention efforts. Findings suggest that children residing in rural areas are in need of tailored efforts that address caregiver perceptions of obesity.
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Although studies have documented parents' misperceptions regarding their children's weight, studies examining preadolescent children's self-perceptions of weight-in particular, Hispanic children's self-perceptions of weight-are limited. Method: A convenience sample of 424 children from a rural community, aged 8 to 11 years and in grades 3 through 5, participated in this cross-sectional, descriptive, nonexperimental study. Using the Children's Body Image Scale, the children were asked to select a figure representing their actual body perception and a figure representing their ideal body perception. The children were weighed and measured, body mass index (BMI) was calculated, and each child was assigned to one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weight categories: underweight, normal or healthy weight, overweight, or obese. Results: Only BMI category was found to be significantly associated with accurate perception, χ2(3) = 201.4, p < .001, with only 9% of overweight or obese children selecting figures representing their actual BMI category. Actual BMI category, χ2(3) = 8.8, p = .032, and grade level, χ2(2) = 6.7, p = .036, had a significant association with selection of an underweight ideal. Overall, 32% of children selected an underweight figure as ideal. Discussion: Prepubertal children who are either overweight or obese do not accurately perceive their weight status. Rather than focusing solely on weight reduction programs, emphasis should be placed on promoting healthy lifestyles and choices.
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