Latino parents' perceptions of their ability to prevent obesity in their children

Melissa E. Glassman, Marilyn Figueroa, Matilde Irigoyen

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Abstract

The obesity epidemic in Latino children has reached staggering proportions. This study explored Latino parentsa' perceptions of their ability to prevent obesity in children. Three focus groups were conducted with 26 Latino parents of preschoolers at a New York City Head Start program. Parents perceived high levels of ability to prevent obesity primarily via dietary influence. Four factors negatively impacted parents' ability: family history, intergenerational and interparental issues, adolescence, and societal pressures. Culturally effective, family-based obesity interventions among Latinos should build upon parental perceptions of ability to prevent obesity, while simultaneously helping parents address the factors they perceive challenge this ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-16
Number of pages13
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Latino
  • childhood obesity
  • focus group
  • parental perceptions
  • preschool child

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