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      <JournalTitle>Journal of Medical and Surgical Research</JournalTitle>
      <Volume-Issue>Vol. X, n 3</Volume-Issue>
      <Season>March 2024</Season>
      <ArticleType>JMSR Public Health</ArticleType>
      <ArticleTitle>Parents__ampersandsign#39; Perceptions of Childhood Obesity: A Cross-Sectional Study in King Saud University Medical City</ArticleTitle>
          <FirstName>Ibrahim H.</FirstName>
          <FirstName>Saad Salem</FirstName>
          <FirstName>Abdullah Nasser</FirstName>
          <FirstName>Faisal Omar</FirstName>
          <FirstName>Norah Ahmed</FirstName>
      <Abstract>Background: Childhood obesity is a growing public health concern worldwide, with significant implications for children__ampersandsign#39;s physical and psychological well-being. Understanding parental perceptions, dietary habits, physical activity patterns, and health outcomes related to childhood obesity is essential for developing effective prevention and intervention strategies. Aim: This study aimed to explore parental perceptions and external interest regarding childhood obesity, methods of identifying obesity in children, children__ampersandsign#39;s dietary habits and family eating patterns, digital consumption and physical activity patterns, and reported health problems in obese children. Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 305 parents of obese children. The survey included questions related to parental perceptions, external interest, methods of identifying obesity, dietary habits, digital consumption, physical activity patterns, and reported health problems. Results: The majority of parents perceived obesity as a disease (85.2%) and identified their child as obese (51.1%). External interest in their child__ampersandsign#39;s weight was reported by 50.8% of parents, with family members and relatives (24.5%) being the most common sources of interest. Shape (66.6%) and weight (54.8%) were the primary methods for identifying obesity, with limited knowledge of the Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement method (43%). Most children consumed three meals per day (70.5%), with a significant proportion eating fast food (35.7%) and having meals or snacks high in sugar (48.9%). A notable number of children engaged in electronic device use during meals (58.0%). While 47.9% of children participated in physical activities, a substantial proportion (52.1%) did not. Various health problems were reported in obese children, including acne (7.2%), blurred vision (12.5%), and lack of self-confidence (7.9%). Conclusion: This study provides insights into parental perceptions, dietary habits, digital consumption, physical activity patterns, and health problems related to childhood obesity. It highlights the need for comprehensive interventions targeting parental education, promoting healthy dietary habits, reducing sedentary behaviors, and addressing reported health problems.</Abstract>
      <Keywords>childhood obesity, parental perceptions, external interest, dietary habits, digital consumption, physical activity patterns, health problems.</Keywords>
        <Abstract>https://journal-jmsr.net/ubijournal-v1copy/journals/abstract.php?article_id=15151&amp;title=Parents__ampersandsign#39; Perceptions of Childhood Obesity: A Cross-Sectional Study in King Saud University Medical City</Abstract>
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