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ERIC Number: EJ918662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
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ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Predictors of Low-income, Obese Mothers' Use of Healthful Weight Management Behaviors
Chang, Mei-Wei; Nitzke, Susan; Brown, Roger; Baumann, Linda
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v43 n2 p87-95 Mar-Apr 2011
Objective: To examine the influence of personal and environmental factors on healthful weight management behaviors mediated through self-efficacy among low-income obese mothers. Design: Cross-sectional design. Setting: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children in Wisconsin. Participants: Two hundred eighty-four obese mothers aged 18-34 years. Main Outcome Measures: Personal factors (e.g., eating low-fat/low-calorie food for weight management), environmental factors, self-efficacy, and weight management behaviors. Data were collected via self-administered written questionnaires. Analysis: Latent class cluster analysis and structural logistic regression. Results: Women who perceived more importance of eating low-fat/low-calorie food for weight management were more likely to practice multiple behavioral strategies to manage their weight (odds ratio = 0.37) than women who perceived less importance of eating low-fat/low-calorie food for weight management. Women who reported higher positive mood self-efficacy were more likely (odds ratio = 1.63) to practice multiple strategies to manage their weight than women who reported lower positive mood self-efficacy. Environmental factors did not predict use of multiple healthful weight management behaviors. No mediation effect was found. Conclusions and Implications: Stressing the importance of food choices and reinforcing learners' self-confidence to make healthful choices at parties and celebrations may be helpful ways to address common barriers to healthful weight management.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin