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ANALYSIS OF KNOWLEDGE OF PARENTS OF 4- TO 7-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN ABOUT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

K. Todorova, K. Stamova

Abstract


The objective of the present communication is to analyze knowledge about childhood obesity of the parents of 4- to 7-year-old children. The opinion of 75 parents of children of the first, second and third group visiting the all-day kindergarten at Lyastovichka United Children`s Institution No 8 of Varna was analyzed. The study was carried out during the period between April 15 and May 31, 2012. The direct anonymous inquiry was used along with analysis of literature sources and documentation method. Data processing was performed by means of statistical and graphical analysis. According to almost interviewed parents, childhood obesity is a ‘severe health and social problem` and could negatively influence upon children`s health status in future. The parents are familiar with the correct manner of maintenance of a healthy weight in growing up generation and with the troubles caused by the obesity in children. The in- formation about the existence of programmes for the healthy lifestyle of children among the parents is insufficient although it was evaluated by themselves as necessary.



Keywords

children, obesity, parents, inquiry, prevention, healthy lifestyle


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