Childhood Obesity Prevention: A Parent Administered Behavioural Intervention to Increase Child Physical Activity
Howarth, J. M. (2006). Childhood Obesity Prevention: A Parent Administered Behavioural Intervention to Increase Child Physical Activity (Thesis, Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10289/2390
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Obesity is a complex and increasingly prevalent health disorder that is associatedwith a wide range of medical, social, and psychological difficulties. People are morelikely to be obese if they consume an energy dense diet but do not engage inphysical activity. Research has indicated that interventions, when implementedduring childhood, have long-term outcomes that are superior to interventionsimplemented in adulthood. This research piloted a behaviourally based interventionprogramme, with parents as the agents of change, to promote a lifestyle change forinactive children. The programme focussed on increasing physical play (lifestyleactivity) and on decreasing sedentary behaviour (an obesity promoting behaviour)during children's after school leisure time. The intervention was investigated usingthree case studies. Although no conclusive evidence was gained regarding theeffectiveness of the pilot programme there was some evidence that childrenparticipating reduced their amount of sedentary behaviour and increased the amountof time they spent in physical play. There was also evidence that parents were ableto administer the programme and that they found it useful. The results from thepresent study suggest that the development and application of parent administeredbehavioural programmes, in the form of packaged interventions to prevent childobesity, warrant further investigation both in terms of the benefits and costeffectivenessit could offer parents and practitioners alike.
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