A study on the role of parents and the prevalence of childhood obesity / Nur Amalina Suhaimi, Zaliha Hussin and Rozalli Hashim

Suhaimi, Nur Amalina and Hussin, Zaliha and Hashim, Rozalli (2017) A study on the role of parents and the prevalence of childhood obesity / Nur Amalina Suhaimi, Zaliha Hussin and Rozalli Hashim. Journal of Administrative Science, 14 (3). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1675-1302


Obesity is a growing public health concern that occur all around the world. Obesity is one of the indicators of inequality influenced by socioeconomic issue. Childhood obesity may affect long term health of children’s development. The role of parents is extremely important in making healthy lifestyle among the children. In Malaysia, the growing rate of obese children happen due to the parents’ lifestyle shape among the family. Due to modern lifestyle, the parents are busy with their tight schedule and their behavior for selecting and preparing healthy food choices for their children is limited. This paper presents the role of parents and the prevalence of childhood obesity. This study applied quantitative approach using self-administered questionnaires involving 320 parents at Seksyen 7, Shah Alam. The findings of this study revealed that parental food selection preferences and parental self efficacy have significant influence on the prevalence of childhood obesity (p<0.05, β =0. 128; p<0.05, β = 0.126). Further, subjective norms of parents have found not significantly influence towards the prevalence of childhood obesity. The findings of this study found that childhood obesity crisis starts with parents. Therefore, the parents have not played an effective role within the context of providing effective strategies for healthy eating, physical activity and dietary patterns of their children. Hence, the contribution of this study is aimed to help the parents play their role effectively to prevent childhood obesity and to provide healthy eating strategies about making healthy dietary intake.


Item Type: Article
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Suhaimi, Nur Amalina
Hussin, Zaliha
Hashim, Rozalli
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > Regression. Correlation
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > Research
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Administrative Science
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Administrative Science (JAS)
ISSN: 1675-1302
Volume: 14
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 1-14
Keywords: role of parents; childhood obesity; parental self-efficacy; parental food selection preferences; subjective norm of the parents
Date: 2017
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/49171
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