Children’s understanding of overweight and obesity

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The prevalence of overweight and obesity amongst children is increasing worldwide and evidence suggests that a critical period for the development
of obesity is between five and seven years of age and adolescence (Dietz, 1993). Previous literature has shown that children at different developmental
stages may have very different understanding of biological phenomena (Kalish, 1988) and interventions should consequently be tailored to the developmental stage of each child. The present study is a preliminary investigation of primary
school-age children’s understanding of the interplay of factors contributing to overweight and obesity. Semi-structured interviews based around illustrated workbooks were conducted with 30 participants ranging from five to 12 years were the basis for exploring children’s understanding of this domain. The results will be discussed with reference to current research on children’s naïve understanding of biology, as well as Piagetian stages of cognitive development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the British Psychological Society
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventThe British Psychological Society Developmental Conference. - Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20045 Sep 2004


ConferenceThe British Psychological Society Developmental Conference.
CountryUnited Kingdom

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