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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Parental interest and confidence to make nutrition changes

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Interest/Confidence

Normal Weight

N=1045

At Risk Weight

(BMI 85-94%)

N=260

Overweight (BMI>95%)

N=278

Chi Sq

P value

>1 Nutrition risks

98%

98%

99%

ns

Among families where at least one nutrition risk is present (n=1585)

% Interested in making changes now for child to eat healthier

36%

44%

55%

<.001

Among parents interested in making a change now for their child to eat healthier (n= 634)

% Who considered nutrition change important (7-10)

52%

52%

79%

<.001

% With high confidence(7-10) in making nutrition change

48%

57%

43%

ns


Notes:

Take Home Message:
Families of young children are less engaged in making changes in their child's physical activity than nutrition. This is shown by low perceived importance and interest in starting to make changes.
When interested, nearly half of all families lack confidence they can make changes for their child to be more active.
Among overweight children, most parents think that changing their child's eating is very important, yet less than half of these parents of overweight children have confidence that they can make changes for their child to eat healthier.


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