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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2013, Volume : 3, Issue : 4
First page : ( 216) Last page : ( 218)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149.

A New Approach to Assess the Health Benefits of Obesity Prevention Interventions among School Children in Chennai, Tamilnadu.

Prof. Edna Sweenie J.*

Professor and HOD, Department of Pediatric Nursing, MIOT College of Nursing, Chennai-600 089, Tamilnadu

*Corresponding Author Email: edna16sweenie@yahoo.co.in

Online published on 31 January, 2014.


Childhood obesity is an emerging public health issue in developing countries like India, yet combating against under nutrition. An evident and effective strategy is required to tackle childhood obesity. Most of the adults perceive obesity as a positive dimension of health. A school-based mass education programme for children improved their awareness levels about the hazards of being overweight and also the benefits of regular physical activity and right eating habits. However, the improvement was not significant in obese group as they had an increased awareness levels at the baseline compared to others. These higher baseline scores may be attributed to their knowledge acquirement after facing frequent difficulties in performing regular activities due to health disturbances. So a mass awareness program coupled with educative supportive interventions tailored for obese children could prevent imminent obesity epidemic.



Overweight, obesity, school children, body mass index, educative supportive interventions.


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