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Nutrients 2015, 7(12), 10469-10479; doi:10.3390/nu7125546

Nutrition Interventions for Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity: What Do Parents Want from an eHealth Program?

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School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle 2308, Australia
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Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition University of Newcastle, Newcastle 2308, Australia
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School of Design, Communication and IT, University of Newcastle, Newcastle 2308, Australia
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Received: 11 August 2015 / Revised: 24 November 2015 / Accepted: 7 December 2015 / Published: 15 December 2015
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Abstract

With the growth of Internet technologies, offering interventions for child and family weight management in an online format may address barriers to accessing services. This study aimed to investigate (i) whether an eHealth family healthy lifestyle program would be of interest to parents; and (ii) preferences and/or expectations for program components and features. Parents of children aged four to18 years were recruited through social media and completed an online survey (54 items) including closed and open-ended questions. Responses were collated using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. Seventy-five participants were included (92% mothers, mean age 39.1 ± 8.6 years, mean BMI 27.6 ± 6.3 kg/m2). The index child had a mean age of 11 ± 6.2 years with 24% overweight/obese. The majority of parents (90.3%) reported interest in an online program, with preference expressed for a non-structured program to allow flexibility users to log-on and off as desired. Parents wanted a program that was easy to use, practical, engaging, endorsed by a reputable source, and able to provide individual tailoring and for their children to be directly involved. The current study supports the need for online delivery of a healthy lifestyle program that targets greater parental concerns of diet rather than child weight. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthy lifestyle program; families; online; Internet; eHealth; childhood obesity healthy lifestyle program; families; online; Internet; eHealth; childhood obesity
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Burrows, T.; Hutchesson, M.; Chai, L.K.; Rollo, M.; Skinner, G.; Collins, C. Nutrition Interventions for Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity: What Do Parents Want from an eHealth Program? Nutrients 2015, 7, 10469-10479.

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