National WIC Association

Obesity Prevention

All content tagged with the term "obesity-prevention".


  • Obesity prevention in preschool Native-American children: a pilot study using home visiting

    January 1, 2003 - Bibliography
    The authors tested the effectiveness of a home visiting obesity prevention intervention in a population of Native-American preschool children. Height-for-weight measures and dietary intake showed that a home visiting program that teaches parents about parenting skills might be a promising obesity prevention intervention.


  • Does overweight in infancy persist through the preschool years? An analysis of CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System data

    January 1, 2003 - Bibliography
    The authors’ goal was to determine whether overweight in infancy (birth to11 months) and young childhood (12 months to 35 months) continued through the preschool years. The following were among the research findings: Children who were overweight in younger years were at greater risk of being overweight in later childhood years. For example, 62.5% of overweight 3-year-olds were still overweight a year later, but only 4.1% of non-overweight 3-year-olds became overweight a year later. Low-birthweight children had the highest risk of remaining overweight after they became overweight, compared with normal-weight and high-birthweight children.


  • Dietary composition and weight change among low-income preschool children

    January 1, 2003 - Bibliography
    The purpose of this study was to understand the relationship between dietary composition and weight change among a sample of children enrolled in the North Dakota WIC Program. No significant relationships were found between total intake of fat, fiber, fruits, or vegetables and weight change. The results indicated less weight change associated with an increased consumption of breads and grains and more weight change with an increased consumption of fatty foods.


  • Dietary composition and weight change among low-income preschool children

    January 1, 2003 - Bibliography
    The purpose of this study was to understand the relationship between dietary composition and weight change among a sample of children enrolled in the North Dakota WIC Program. No significant relationships were found between total intake of fat, fiber, fruits, or vegetables and weight change. The results indicated less weight change associated with an increased consumption of breads and grains and more weight change with an increased consumption of fatty foods.


  • Growth pattern of overweight preschool children in the Siouxland WIC Program

    November 1, 2002 - Bibliography
    This study analyzed the relationship between height and weight and several variables for preschool children enrolled in the Siouxland WIC Program. The children had a large average increase in weight between birth and 8 months and between 12 months and 30 months. Overweight children were different from their normal-weight peers in birthweight, monthly household income, number of people living in the household, and mother’s education level. Variables influencing changes in weight included birthweight, sex of child, breastfeeding status, and household size.


  • The challenge of preventing and treating obesity in low-income preschool children: perceptions of WIC health care professionals

    July 1, 2002 - Bibliography
    The purpose of this study was to develop innovative ways to address the different perceptions about the challenges that exist in managing childhood obesity among WIC health care professionals. Based on the thoughts, perceptions, and suggestions from the health care professionals, the researchers concluded that WIC may benefit from (1) providing staff training in counseling skills that educate parents on child development and child rearing, (2) focusing more attention on counseling, and (3) developing collaborations with primary health care providers and community agencies that impact childhood obesity.


  • Television viewing and television in bedroom associated with overweight risk among low-income preschool children

    June 1, 2002 - Bibliography
    The authors evaluated the television and video viewing habits of low-income preschool children and their relationship to a child’s weight status. Researchers found that TV viewing was associated with overweight in preschool children. The presence of a TV in the child’s bedroom was even more strongly associated with an increased risk of being overweight.  


  • A randomized pilot test of “Moms on the Move”: a physical activity intervention for WIC mothers

    January 1, 2002 - Bibliography
    The aim of this study was to pilot test “Moms on the Move,” a Transtheoretical Model (TTM)-derived physical activity intervention for low-income mothers enrolled in the WIC Program. The intervention was effective in getting sedentary moms to move, as the intervention group had higher physical activity levels.