Global Perspectives of Childhood Obesity: Exploring Thai Nurses’ Knowledge and Attitudes
Kelber, Sheryl T.
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<p><strong>Purpose:</strong> The purpose of this investigation was to explore Thai Nurses’ Knowledge and Attitudes regarding Childhood Obesity</p> <p><strong>Setting:</strong> Data was collected from a public hospital in Thailand</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> Using Bronfebrenner’s Ecological Systems Model, a descriptive, cross-sectional study conducted with Thai nurses (N = 489) in Thailand. Participants completed the Thai version of the adapted Attitudes Toward Obese Persons Scale: Children’s Version, a 26 item survey developed by Allison (1995).</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>A majority of the participants (96%) were female, and were bachelor prepared (77%). When compared to children who were categorically normal weight, the majority of nurses perceived that overweight children eat more (89.4%), had poor eating habits (88.3%), and were embarrassed about their weight (75.8%). Thai nurses perceived overweight children as sociable (61%), confident (66.9%), and happy (70.1%) when compared to categorically normal weight children.</p> <p><strong>Conclusions: </strong>The findings suggest that Thai nurses perceive childhood obesity is related to unhealthy lifestyle practices. Nurses’ responses suggested that overweight children suffer from psychosocial problems.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Implications: </strong>Recognizing Thai nurses’ knowledge and attitudes toward childhood obesity is helpful for further developing programs and strategies for addressing childhood obesity in Thailand. Further studies are encouraged, to explore nurses’ knowledge and attitudes toward childhood obesity from multiple cultural and country perspectives.</p> <p><strong>Reference</strong></p> <p>Allison, D. B. (1995). <em>Handbook of Assessment Methods for Eating Behaviors and Weight-Related Problems. Measures, Theory, and Research.</em> Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications <em></em></p>