Grantee Research

Paying Attention to Children’s Weight in Pediatric Primary Care

Dr. Javier Rosado, Florida State University

“A Measurement of Obesity: BMI Screenings Across Two Settings”

This Salud America! pilot research project assesses how much weight-related medical attention children receive during well-child checkups at a pediatric community health center in a rural, predominantly Latino, migrant farm-worker community. Using structured interviews, parents were asked immediately after the well-child visit to assess: 1) if their child’s weight was discussed by the physician; 2) parents’ awareness of and agreement with weight-related information, when provided; 3) family perceptions of what is considered overweight and any gender-based differences in those perceptions; and 4) family interest in influencing their child’s weight, and what they would need to do so. Parents of children ages 3-16 were invited to participate.

Research Category: Latino Families