Effectiveness of Parent Focused Group Program on ObesityRelated Behavior & Anthropometric Measurements among 6-12-Year-old Obese Children-A Pilot Study

Authors

  • Jomi John
  • Sushama SBai
  • R. Vijayraghavan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i2.2760

Keywords:

Parent focused group program, obesity-related behaviors, BMI.

Abstract

Background: Obesity is caused due to the mismatch between energy intake and expenditure, with food
intake more than the requirements leading to an increase in Body mass index (BMI) as a body measurement
parameter1
. Parent focused group program is an intervention program where parents are involved in targeting
the changes in obesity-related behavior of their obese children.
Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of parent-focused group programs on obesity-related behaviors
of children aged 6-12 years.
Method and Results: The study was conducted in two phases. The first phase included a survey design to
identify overweight and obese children from two randomly selected schools as control and experimentalfrom
the southern part of Kerala, India. The second phase includedan intervention design with a parent-focused
group program for the program’s experimental group, and effectiveness was analyzed from children’s
obesity-related behaviors. The key findings indicated that the parent-focused group program was effective
in the pre-test and post-test scores of anthropometric measures in the experimental group for both boys
and girls. The study suggested that parent-focused programs effectively bring changesin children’s obesityrelated behavior, thus reducing the chances of getting overweight/obese.
Conclusion: Parent-focused group interventions are effective as a preventive strategy in reducing obesityrelated behavior among children.

Author Biographies

Jomi John

Professor, INE, School of Medical Education, CPAS, Pala, Kerala

Sushama SBai

Former HOD, Dept. of Peadiatrics, Institute
of Child Health, Kottayam Medical College, Kerala

R. Vijayraghavan

Research Director, Saveetha University, Chennai, India

Published

2021-03-12

How to Cite

Jomi John, Sushama SBai, & R. Vijayraghavan. (2021). Effectiveness of Parent Focused Group Program on ObesityRelated Behavior & Anthropometric Measurements among 6-12-Year-old Obese Children-A Pilot Study. Medico Legal Update, 21(2), 669-675. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i2.2760