Journal article

Addressing the potential adverse effects of school-based BMI assessments an children's wellbeing

Lisa Gibbs, Thea O'Connor, Elizabeth Waters, Michael Booth, Orla Walsh, Julie Green, Jenny Bartlett, Boyd Swinburn

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC OBESITY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE | Published : 2008

Abstract

INTRODUCTION. Do child obesity prevention research and intervention measures have the potential to generate adverse concerns about body image by focussing on food, physical activity and body weight? Research findings now demonstrate the emergence of body image concerns in children as young as 5 years. In the context of a large school-community-based child health promotion and obesity prevention study, we aimed to address the potential negative effects of height and weight measures on child wellbeing by developing and implementing an evidence-informed protocol to protect and prevent body image concerns. fun 'n healthy in Moreland! is a cluster randomised controlled trial of a child health pro..

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