Published online July 15, 2003.
Mothers' Recognition of Childhood Obesity
Mi Jung Kim1, Ae Jung Kwak1, Kwang Hae Choi1, Yong Hoon Park1, Kyeong Soo Lee2
1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea
2Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea
소아비만에 대한 어머니들의 인식
김미정1, 곽애정1, 최광해1, 박용훈1, 이경수2
1영남대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
2영남대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실
Correspondence: 
Kwang Hae Choi, Email: ckh@med.yu.ac.kr
Abstract
Purpose
: This study was performed to know the mothers' recognition of childhood obesity because the mothers' role is essential for management in childhood.
Methods
: Seven hundred and seventy two mothers who visited pediatrics clinics in five regional cities(Daegu, Kumi, Waekan, Kyungsan and Youngchun) were include in a questionnaire survey concerning childhood obesity. The questionnaire was anonymous and filled in by the mothers themselves.
Results
: Most of the mothers perceived childhood obesity as a serious disease. Sources of acquisition of knowledge about obesity were health programs on TV or radio(70.3%), advertisements in newspapers or magazines(44.0%) and from neighbors or relatives(20.0%) and hospitals or clinics(3.0 %). Mothers wish to acquire more knowledge about childhood obesity by health programs on TV or radio(43.8%) and hospitals or clinics(35.9%). The most common apprehensions of mothers carring out their childrens' obesity management program was psychologic stress(63.6%). If children were obese, almost all mothers wanted to treat them by various methods.
Conclusion
: For the more efficient management of childhood obesity, doctors' role in consultation and management should be emphasized.
Key Words: 한달 수입에 따른 차이는 없었으나


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