ID 110841
Author
Yuasa, Kyoko Department of Human Genetics and Public Health, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School
Sei, Masako Department of Human Genetics and Public Health, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School
Takeda, Eiji Department of Clinical Nutrition, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
Ewis, Ashraf A. Department of Human Genetics and Public Health, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School
Munakata, Hokuma Department of Human Genetics and Public Health, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School
Onishi, Chiemi Department of Human Genetics and Public Health, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
Nakahori, Yutaka Department of Human Genetics and Public Health, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School
Keywords
obesity
children
questionnaire survey
eating with family
lifestyle habits
Content Type
Journal Article
Description
Obesity in children has become a major global public health concern. The prevention of obesity must start from early childhood in order to establish sound lifestyle habits and promote healthy adulthood. In this study, we evaluated factors associated with the prevention of obesity and the development of healthy lifestyle habits in children. A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based survey was performed in elementary and junior high school students in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, during the summer of 2004. The questionnaire consisted of 30 items such as physique, sleep, eating habits, diet, exercise, free time, and attending after-school lessons. Our study revealed that eating meals as a family every day is associated with a lower rate of obesity as well as getting good lifestyle habits such as eating balanced meals and getting enough sleep. Of the 3,291 students who responded to the questionnaire, 2,688 (81.7%) reported that they eat meals with their family every day. The percentage of students who eat meals with their family every day decreased with increasing school grade, with the lowest percent in the junior high school students. However, the results regarding female junior high school students revealed a marked association between eating meals with the family every day and good lifestyle habits. We recommend that parents and school teaching staff encourage the establishment of sound, healthy lifestyle habits in children from early childhood as an effective measure for the prevention of obesity.
Journal Title
The journal of medical investigation : JMI
ISSN
13431420
NCID
AA11166929
Volume
55
Issue
1-2
Start Page
71
End Page
77
Sort Key
71
Published Date
2008-02
EDB ID
DOI (Published Version)
URL ( Publisher's Version )
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language
eng
TextVersion
Publisher
departments
Medical Sciences