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Thompson, Dee – Science and Children, 2012
There is an overwhelming amount of research and data on childhood nutrition due to drastic increases in childhood obesity (classified as a BMI index greater than the 95th percentile for their height/weight). Obesity amounts have tripled in the last 30 years for children who fall in the age range of the author's students. The effects of childhood…
Descriptors: Physical Health, Self Esteem, Food Service, Methods
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Moreno, Geraldine; Johnson-Shelton, Deb; Boles, Shawn – Journal of School Health, 2013
Background: The high rates of childhood overweight and obesity in the United States have generated interest in schools as sites for monitoring body mass index (BMI) information. This study established baseline values for a 5-year longitudinal assessment of BMI of elementary school children and examined variation across the schools, because little…
Descriptors: Incidence, Obesity, Body Weight, Elementary School Students
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Adeigbe, Rebecca T.; Baldwin, Shannon; Gallion, Kip; Grier, Sonya; Ramirez, Amelie G. – Health Education & Behavior, 2015
Obesity rates among U.S. adults and children have increased over the past two decades and, although signs of stabilization and decline among certain age groups and geographies are being reported, the prevalence of obesity among Latino adults and children remain high. The Latino population is growing in parallel to these obesity rates and marketers…
Descriptors: Food, Marketing, Hispanic Americans, Obesity
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Amuta, Ann O.; Jacobs, Wura; Barry, Adam E.; Popoola, Olufemi A.; Crosslin, Katie – American Journal of Health Education, 2016
Background: Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has dramatically increased in the past decade and has resulted in higher rates of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) among adolescents. Purpose: To examine whether there are gender differences in T2DM risk perception, attitude toward T2DM protective behaviors, physical activity, and…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Health Behavior, Diabetes, Risk
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Simovska, Venka; Carlsson, Monica – Health Education, 2012
Purpose: With the aim of contributing to the evidence base on school-based health promotion, the authors discuss the outcomes and processes of a European intervention project aiming to prevent obesity among children (4-16 years) and promote their health and well-being, titled "Shape Up: a school-community approach to influencing determinants…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Research Design, Obesity, Physical Activities
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Piontak, Joy Rayanne; Schulman, Michael D. – Journal of School Health, 2016
Background: Schools are important sites for interventions to prevent childhood obesity. This study examines how variables measuring the socioeconomic and racial composition of schools and counties affect the likelihood of obesity among third to fifth grade children. Methods: Body mass index data were collected from third to fifth grade public…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Obesity, Statistical Analysis, Elementary School Students
Davis, Melissa – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Approximately 1/3 of the children in the United States are overweight or obese. Children in Mississippi have the highest rate of obesity among all other states. The outcome of this epidemic presents an increase in poor health. To address the problems associated with overweight and obesity among children, schools in the U.S. were required to…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Wellness, Child Health
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Qian, Ling; Newman, Ian M.; Shell, Duane F.; Cheng, Cheng Maojin – International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 2012
Obesity and overweight among children in China is a growing concern. The curriculum and organization of Chinese schools focuses on academic achievement leaving little time for other programs. This pilot program illustrated that it is possible to involve schools and parents in a program to reduce obesity and overweight. Teachers, school staff,…
Descriptors: Obesity, Comprehensive School Health Education, Pilot Projects, Foreign Countries
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Miller, Alison L.; Lumeng, Carey N.; Delproposto, Jennifer; Florek, Brian; Wendorf, Kristin; Lumeng, Julie C. – Mind, Brain, and Education, 2013
Mechanisms underlying socioeconomic disparities in school readiness and health outcomes, particularly obesity, among preschool-aged children are complex and poorly understood. Obesity can induce changes in proteins in the circulation that contribute to the negative impact of obesity on health; such changes may relate to cognitive and emotion…
Descriptors: Obesity, Metabolism, Low Income Groups, Preschool Children
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Ball, James W.; Maljak, Kimberly A.; Bice, Matthew R.; Valley, Julia; Parry, Thomas – Physical Educator, 2019
Physical activity (PA) continues to decrease and obesity rates continue to rise among children and adolescents. Researchers, along with other organizations, have recommended schools to be ideal venues to help increase overall childhood PA. However, research reports K-12 physical education (PE) is not required in the majority of states and most…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Time on Task, Self Determination, Physical Education Teachers
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Granich, Joanna; Rosenberg, Michael; Knuiman, Matthew; Timperio, Anna – Health Education Research, 2010
Electronic media (EM) (television, electronic games and computer) use has been associated with overweight and obesity among children. Little is known about the time spent in sedentary behaviour (SB) among children within the family context. The aim of this study was to explore how the family home environment may influence children's…
Descriptors: Obesity, Intervention, Physical Activities, Focus Groups
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Odum, Mary; McKyer, E. Lisako J.; Tisone, Christine A.; Outley, Corliss W. – Journal of School Health, 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…
Descriptors: School Personnel, Attitude Measures, Obesity, Child Health
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Pang, Bo; Rundle-Thiele, Sharyn Robyn; Kubacki, Krzysztof – Health Education, 2017
Purpose: Evidence indicates that active school travel (AST) including walking can effectively lower levels of obesity among school-age children. Yet Queensland has been identified as one of the most inactive states in Australia where only 5 per cent of Years 1 and 5 children engaged in AST on a daily basis. The purpose of this paper is to explain…
Descriptors: Transportation, Physical Activities, Obesity, Health Behavior
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Erwin, Heather E.; Stellino, Megan Babkes; Beets, Michael W.; Beighle, Aaron; Johnson, Christine E. – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2013
Obesity levels among American children are increasing at an alarming rate, due in part to a lack of regular physical activity (PA). Physical education (PE) is one way to facilitate student PA. The overarching PA goal for physical educators is 50% PA for students. Self-determination theory suggests that PA levels in PE and a variety of other…
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Teaching Styles, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Hoffman, Jessica A.; Agrawal, Tara; Carter, Sonia; Grinder, AnnMarie; Castaneda-Sceppa, Carmen – NHSA Dialog, 2012
One approach to halting the childhood obesity epidemic has been the modification of foods available to children during the school day. In recent years there has been an increased focus on obesity prevention efforts among children ages birth to 5 and the role of child care settings in prevention efforts. Head Start serves as an important venue for…
Descriptors: Food Service, Obesity, Low Income, Prevention
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