Early-childhood obesity: How do low-income parents of preschoolers rank known risk factors?

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Objectives. To determine parental rankings of known factors related to early-childhood obesity and compare reports between parents of healthy weight and overweight children. Methods. Parents of 2- to 5-year-old children seeking well-child care ranked card-sort statements including risks, barriers, and motivating factors for achieving a healthy weight child. Frequencies and means of ranked factors are reported and compared. Results. Of the 150 participants, few parents (7.4%) considered low levels of physical activity a top risk factor compared with other known risks. Inability to control the food choices of alternate caregivers was the greatest perceived barrier to achieving a healthy child weight (34%). There were no differences in rankings by child weight groups. Conclusion. Low-income parents of preschoolers are aware of high-risk feeding behaviors, but few recognize the risk of inactivity in their young child. Innovations that promote adequate physical activity and engage influential caregivers during counseling are necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-670
Number of pages8
JournalClinical pediatrics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • card sort
  • motivational interviewing
  • obesity
  • parental values
  • preschoolers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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