Overweight and obesity interventions and prevention strategies
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Overweight and obesity interventions and prevention strategies

Mohammed ALBashtawy Associate professor, vice dean of faculty of nursing, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan

Clinical interventions that appeal to adolescents are vital if health problems are to be avoided. Mohammed ALBashtawy presents a study that set out to discover what they would like from health education programmes

Aim To determine what secondary schoolchildren in Jordan want from overweight and obesity intervention strategies and prevention programmes.

Method A school-based, cross-sectional study using a quantitative design was carried out during October 2014. The participants were secondary schoolchildren in grades 11 and 12. Data were analysed using SPSS program version 17. Percentages, standard deviations and means were computed.

Findings The main suggestions were for programmes at school, during school hours (n=962, 85.4%), followed by one that involved family and friends (n=951, 84.5%), and a programme at a convenient time free of charge (n=919, 81.6%). The students also suggested many strategies to tackle overweight and obesity, such as: taking more physical exercise (n=925, 82.1%), increasing consumption of more fruit and vegetables (n=712, 63.2%) eating less fast food (n=689, 61.2%).

Conclusion Schools, families, health providers and community organisations should encourage students to adopt healthy lifestyles, and facilitate their selection and participation in health programmes.

Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 7, 16-21. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.7.16.e638



Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 27 March 2015

Accepted: 02 July 2015

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