Populations at Risk Across the Lifespan: Case Studies
Accuracy of Adults' Perception of Childhood Obesity in a Military Environment
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2012
Published 2012. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA
Public Health Nursing
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 343–350, July/August 2013
How to Cite
West, G. F., Hayden, M. R. and Benjamin, C. R. (2013), Accuracy of Adults' Perception of Childhood Obesity in a Military Environment. Public Health Nursing, 30: 343–350. doi: 10.1111/phn.12001
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2012
- childhood obesity;
- perception of obesity;
- public health nursing
The aim of this study was to determine how accurately adults in a military environment identified images of children within four different categories: underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese.
Design and Sample
For this descriptive correlational research study, the sample was composed of 1,016 adults.
Chi-square analysis of participant's demographic characteristics and accuracy of identification of six different images of children was conducted.
Statistical significance was demonstrated with participant's self-image and accuracy of identification in four of the six images.
This research supports the conclusion that individuals who classify themselves as overweight or obese are very accurate in correctly classifying images of children in these categories. While this is true our findings demonstrate that a large number of participants do not correctly self-identify themselves. This suggests that educational campaigns need to include educational components to increase awareness of what children are considered overweight or obese. Without this, the potential exists for the message to be missed as the parent could potentially perceive the overweight or obese child as normal.