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ERIC Number: EJ1009602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Elementary School Personnel's Perceptions on Childhood Obesity: Pervasiveness and Facilitating Factors
Odum, Mary; McKyer, E. Lisako J.; Tisone, Christine A.; Outley, Corliss W.
Journal of School Health, v83 n3 p206-212 Mar 2013
Background: Researchers in numerous disciplines have investigated the effects of the school environment on childhood obesity (CHO), one of the greatest current health concerns in the United States. There is a gap in current empirical evidence, however, on school personnel's perspectives of this issue. This study examined school personnel's perceptions of obesity as a problem among school-aged children and their views on factors contributing to obesity. Methods: Thirty-one semistructured interviews were conducted with elementary school personnel (teachers, administrators, and support staff) from 5 rural schools with a predominantly Hispanic (58.18%) and Black (30.24%) student population. The constant comparison method was used to identify emergent themes. Results: All but one participant considered obesity to be a problem among elementary children. Factors facilitating obesity most frequently cited by school personnel were home environment, poor nutrition, child control of dietary choices, child inactivity, and entertainment electronics. Conclusions: Child control of dietary choices in both home and school environments was identified as a major contributor to obesity. Further exploration of this control is warranted to understand the complexity of this dynamic and its potential link to CHO.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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