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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 8
First page : ( 3371) Last page : ( 3374)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00620.0

Parents’ Perceptions of Their Children Body Fat Percentage and Weight

Soh Kim Geok1,2,*, Raman Rosna Abdul3, Soh Kim Lam3, Japar Salimah3, Ong Swee Leong4, Ghiami Zeinab1

1Department of Sports Studies, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

2Sports Academy, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

3Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

4Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia

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Online published on 31 October, 2018.


Parents’ perception of their children's weight and fat percentage may play an important role in developing and maintaining healthy lifestyle. This study was conducted to determine the perceptions of parents of first-grade students in a Malaysian urban school setting regarding their children's weight and body fat percent. A descriptive statistic was used in the study. A number of 197 first-grade students participated in this study. The students’ anthropometric data, such as weight, body mass index (BMI) and body fat were measured using TANITA TBF-410 GS Body Composition Analyzer. Also The questionnaire for parents used in the study included parents’ perception of their child body shape, body weight and eating habit. Results showed a statistically significant correlation between the parents perception and children's real fat percentage with (r = −.46, p <.05) for girls, and (r =.50, p <.05) for boys while the correlation between girls’ weight and their parents perception of weight (r = -.12, p >.05) was not significant. Results of the current study show that girls’ parents have misperceive of their children weight. In contrast to the focus of the previous studies on prevalence of overweight among children, most of the underweight children in this study were perceived as normal.



Perception, body weight, fat percentage, primary school children.


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