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Overweight in Latino Preschoolers: Do Parental Health Beliefs Matter

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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 25 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 (>95ile-for-age-and-sex BMI) versus nonoverweight (<95ile 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.

Keywords: Mexican Americans; childhood obesity; health beliefs

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.34.3.9

Affiliations: 1 Department of Pediatrics, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, and Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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