National WIC Association

Counseling Latina mothers of preschool children about weight issues: suggestions for a new framework

Crawford PB, et al. Counseling Latina mothers of preschool children about weight issues: suggestions for a new framework. J Am Diet Assoc. Mar 2004;104(3):3

The authors’ aims were (1) to assess Latina mothers’ health beliefs and attitudes regarding childhood weight issues and (2) to inform nutrition education methods. Among the findings were these key issues: The mothers found it difficult to acknowledge having an overweight child, and they believed that health and weight were not closely related. Results indicated that traditional nutrition counseling might be ineffective for Latina mothers. Reframing nutrition messages in terms of positive eating behaviors, rather than weight, might be more effective to improve health and weight status.

Categories: Obesity Prevention