An Evaluation of a Nutritional Educational Proramme for Obese Children
Keywords:obesity, healthy food behavior, knowledge, nutritional educational program (NEP)
Overweightness and obesity is a problem that has been rising in the Malaysian suburban environment. This study is conducted to evaluate the healthy food behavior, attitudes, knowledge and healthy environment of obese school children aged 10-11 years old. Obese school children received the nutritional educational program (NEP) comprised of a video, a comic reading session and a food selection game. The intervention resulted in a significant increase for healthy food behaviour, attitude and knowledge. However, there is an only minimal impact for a healthy environment. Overall, the results indicate that the nutritional educational program has positive impact in preventing obesity.
Keywords: obesity; healthy food behavior; knowledge; nutritional educational program (NEP)
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