Perceptions of Latino Parents Related to Early Childhood Feeding Practices and Childhood Obesity
The rate of childhood obesity has increased dramatically over the past ten years, with up to one third of children having a body mass index greater than 85 percent for age. Childhood obesity is associated with multiple health risks and illnesses. In addition, childhood obesity has been identified as a strong predictor for adulthood obesity. Among all ethnic and age groups, Mexican-American children have shown the highest increase in prevalence of obesity in recent years. Childhood obesity prevention has become a health priority in the US. The purpose of this research is to understand the perspective of Latino mothers of young children about early childhood feeding practices and childhood obesity. We will interview Latino mothers between the ages of 18 and 40 who have children 8 years of age or younger. The interview will include questions about
their feeding practices, and their views of early childhood obesity and childhood obesity prevention. Participants also will complete a brief demographic questionnaire. Interview data will be analyzed for common themes. Demographic data will be used to describe participants. Increasing our understanding of what Latino mothers think about early childhood obesity and feeding will help public health professionals create more effective and culturally sensitive intervention programs to prevent Latino childhood obesity.