Perceptions and approaches of mothers towards the weight of their overweight and obese child Fazla kilolu ve obez çocuğu olan annelerin çocuklarının kilosuna yönelik algıları ve yaklaşımları

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Çolak B., Kahriman İ., Meral B.

Guncel Pediatri, vol.19, no.1, pp.30-38, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/jcp.2021.0005
  • Journal Name: Guncel Pediatri
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.30-38
  • Keywords: Childhood obesity, child overnutrition, mother, perception, FAT
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021, Galenos. All rights reserved.Introduction:This study aimed to determine how mothers with overweight and obese child perceived their child’s weight and how they approached his/her weight problem. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out between April and December 2017 with 212 mothers who agreed to participate voluntarily in the study at a university hospital and a public hospital. The data that were collected using a questionnaire prepared by the researchers were gathered by face-to-face interview method. The questionnaire consists of four parts including demographic information about the mother and the child, mothers’ perceptions of their child’s weight, mothers’ applications for his/her weight and the methods used by mothers and the attitude they had in applying these methods respectively. Results: The mean age of the mothers was 35.75±5.56. 50% of them had secondary school or below education level. 52.4% of overweight or obese children were girls, and the mean age of the children was 7.94±2.91. Besides, 47.6% of mothers were at a normal weight, 39.2% were overweight and 12.3% were obese. 54.7% of mothers perceived their child’s weight inaccurately. Conclusions: The study demonstrated that the majority of the mothers perceived the weight of their overweight and obese child inaccurately and considered him/ her at a normal weight. Mothers who were aware of the fact that their child was overweight or obese performed various applications to solve the child’s weight problem.