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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior Concerning Nutrition and Physical Activity in Mexican Children

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Abstract:

Objective: To identify the stages of behavior change and the knowledge, attitudes, and habits concerning nutrition and physical activity in Mexican children. Methods: A survey was applied to 48 children from 10 years old to obtain data. Stages of behavior change were classified according to the transtheoretical model. Results: For food habits, 31% were in precontemplation, 17% in contemplation, 10% in preparation, 40% in action, and 2% in maintenance. For physical activity, 12% were in precontemplation, 15% in contemplation, 29% in preparation, 42% in action, and 2% in maintenance. Conclusions: It is important to consider the stages of behavior change to plan strategies of educational models.

Keywords: CHILDHOOD OBESITY; NUTRITION; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; TRANSTHEORETICAL MODEL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.3.12

Affiliations: 1: Nutritionist, University of Guanajuato, Division of Health Sciences, Department of Medicine and Nutrition, León, Guanajuato, México 2: NeuroPsychologist, University of Guanajuato, Division of Health Sciences. Department of Psychology, León, Guanajuato, México. josema_delaroca@yahoo.com.mx 3: University of Guanajuato, Division of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Sciences León, Guanajuato, México

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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