Author(s): Kersey M, Lipton R, Quinn MT, Lantos JD
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To characterize the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs (KAB) regarding childhood obesity among parents of Latino preschoolers. METHODS: Three hundred sixty-nine Mexican immigrant parents of children ages 2-5 were interviewed. Children were weighed and measured. RESULTS: Parents underestimated their own child's weight status and had high levels of perceived control over their children's eating and activity behaviors. Parents of overweight (>95\%ile-for-age-and-sex BMI) versus nonoverweight (<95\%ile BMI) children did not differ in their beliefs about ideal child body size. CONCLUSION: Latino parents of overweight children did not differ from parents of nonoverweight children with respect to their KAB about childhood obesity.
This article was published in Am J Health Behav
and referenced in Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy