Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1738-1744

Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Yaqoub Bintalib, Nawaf Essam Sabir Sabir, Mohammed Ahmed Althagfi, Sultan Farraj Alalshaikh, Moayed Ahmed Althagafi, Alaa Hussain Hafiz, Majed Ahmed Althagafi, Maan Hussain Agil, Hesham Atif Albakri, Abdulaziz Tariq Abuaish, Muath Saeed Alghamdi.

ABSTRACT

Background: Helping parents to identify their children's weight status and recognize the health risk related to overweight and obesity could be the first step in promoting a healthy lifestyle and healthy body weight among their children. The present study was aimed to assess parents' perceptions of their children's weight status and compare this perception with the actual weight status of those children. Methodology: The study was conducted at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The parents were contacted by phone to answer a questionnaire, which included questions about their sociodemographic characteristics and dietary, physical, and disease-related complication of childhood obesity. Results: The study included parents of 106 Saudi children aged 2-14 years old. A significantly higher percentage (73.3%) of overweight children was underestimated by their parents as had normal weight (p < 0.001). On the other hand, 50.0% of underweight children were overestimated by parents as normal weight. Misclassification was highest among parents of overweight children (73.3%) and underweight (50%) children. Furthermore, the absence of knowledge about obesity complications was significantly associated with lower levels of parent's education, low family income, and increased eating of fast foods. Conclusion: A significant proportion of parents underestimated their child’s weight status. The proportion of misperception was higher among parents of overweight children. Furthermore, parents' awareness of the negative impact of childhood obesity on health needs to be improved. These results are valuable for developing educational programs and strategies involving parents for proper control of childhood obesity. It is essential to target these incorrect parental perceptions.

Keywords:
Childhood obesity, parents, perceptions, knowledge, Saudi Arabia


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Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Yaqoub Bintalib
Pediatric Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Nawaf Essam Sabir Sabir
Pediatric Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Ahmed Althagfi
Pediatric Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Sultan Farraj Alalshaikh
Pediatric Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Moayed Ahmed Althagafi
Pediatric Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Alaa Hussain Hafiz
Department of Nursing, Fakkeh College of Medical Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Majed Ahmed Althagafi
Pediatric Department, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Maan Hussain Agil
Pediatric Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Hesham Atif Albakri
Pediatric Department, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
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Abdulaziz Tariq Abuaish
Pediatric Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Muath Saeed Alghamdi
Pediatric Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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. Pediatric Department, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.; majed.althagafi55@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 03 Aug 2020
Accepted 01 Oct 2020
Published online 18 Oct 2020
Published in print 05 Nov 2020

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Bintalib Y, Sabir NES, Althagfi MA, Alalshaikh SF, Althagafi MA, Hafiz AH, Althagafi MA, Agil MH, Albakri HA, Abuaish AT, Alghamdi MS. Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1738-1744. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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Bintalib Y, Sabir NES, Althagfi MA, Alalshaikh SF, Althagafi MA, Hafiz AH, Althagafi MA, Agil MH, Albakri HA, Abuaish AT, Alghamdi MS. Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=120013 [Access: January 24, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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Bintalib Y, Sabir NES, Althagfi MA, Alalshaikh SF, Althagafi MA, Hafiz AH, Althagafi MA, Agil MH, Albakri HA, Abuaish AT, Alghamdi MS. Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1738-1744. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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Bintalib Y, Sabir NES, Althagfi MA, Alalshaikh SF, Althagafi MA, Hafiz AH, Althagafi MA, Agil MH, Albakri HA, Abuaish AT, Alghamdi MS. Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited January 24, 2021]; 4(11): 1738-1744. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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Bintalib, Y., Sabir, . N. E. S., Althagfi, . M. A., Alalshaikh, . S. F., Althagafi, . M. A., Hafiz, . A. H., Althagafi, . M. A., Agil, . M. H., Albakri, . H. A., Abuaish, . A. T. & Alghamdi, . M. S. (2020) Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (11), 1738-1744. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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Bintalib, Yaqoub, Nawaf Essam Sabir Sabir, Mohammed Ahmed Althagfi, Sultan Farraj Alalshaikh, Moayed Ahmed Althagafi, Alaa Hussain Hafiz, Majed Ahmed Althagafi, Maan Hussain Agil, Hesham Atif Albakri, Abdulaziz Tariq Abuaish, and Muath Saeed Alghamdi. 2020. Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1738-1744. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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Bintalib, Yaqoub, Nawaf Essam Sabir Sabir, Mohammed Ahmed Althagfi, Sultan Farraj Alalshaikh, Moayed Ahmed Althagafi, Alaa Hussain Hafiz, Majed Ahmed Althagafi, Maan Hussain Agil, Hesham Atif Albakri, Abdulaziz Tariq Abuaish, and Muath Saeed Alghamdi. "Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1738-1744. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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Bintalib, Yaqoub, Nawaf Essam Sabir Sabir, Mohammed Ahmed Althagfi, Sultan Farraj Alalshaikh, Moayed Ahmed Althagafi, Alaa Hussain Hafiz, Majed Ahmed Althagafi, Maan Hussain Agil, Hesham Atif Albakri, Abdulaziz Tariq Abuaish, and Muath Saeed Alghamdi. "Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.11 (2020), 1738-1744. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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Bintalib, Y., Sabir, . N. E. S., Althagfi, . M. A., Alalshaikh, . S. F., Althagafi, . M. A., Hafiz, . A. H., Althagafi, . M. A., Agil, . M. H., Albakri, . H. A., Abuaish, . A. T. & Alghamdi, . M. S. (2020) Perception of parents about their children’s obesity complication in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1738-1744. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1596473605


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