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Prevention of childhood obesity: sociocultural and familial factors.
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PMID:  12891156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined sociocultural and familial factors related to the prevention of childhood obesity. Primary caregivers of 6- to 10-year-old children representing several ethnic populations in Saipan participated in 4 focus groups (N=32). Trained moderators used semi-structured interviews and qualitative methods were used in data analysis. A central theme with several related factors emerged. The theme was a conflict expressed by the primary caregiver between sociocultural values, family expectations, traditional dietary beliefs and attitudes, and knowledge about food and disease. These findings have important implications for designing culturally sensitive interventions for prevention of childhood obesity.
Mozhdeh B Bruss; Joseph Morris; Linda Dannison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-31     Completed Date:  2003-09-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1042-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cultural Characteristics*
Feeding Behavior / ethnology
Focus Groups
Life Style
Obesity / ethnology,  prevention & control*
Social Behavior

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