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Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify the contributing factors for overweight and obesity among children and adolescents based on a treating person perspective. A secondary purpose of this work was to describe the course of events if or when children and adolescents suffer from overweight and obesity are emitted to treatment, and what type of efforts that are deployed
Method: The study utilized a qualitative method. Six interviews were conducted with clinicians who had expertise in treating child and adolescent obesity. The data collection method consisted of semi-structured interviews.
Result: All respondents agreed that treatment of child and adolescent obesity needed to be individualized and adjusted to the child or young person's needs and abilities. The most influencing factors to the obesity problem were deemed to be the heritage and the environment. Half of the respondents feel that it was appropriate for some improvements in treatment, but these may not be implemented in the absence of resources. In order to solve the obesity problem, several efforts must be deployed at different levels in society.
Conclusion: Overweight and obesity among children and adolescents represents a complex public health problem. It is important to prevent and treat obesity among children before its transition to adult obesity when it is more difficult to treat.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 40 p.
Barnfetma, Övervikt, Behandlande åtgärder, Riskfaktor
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21168OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21168DiVA: diva2:899946
Subject / course
Public health science
2016-01-19, 51:219, Gävle, 10:30 (Swedish)
Richter, Hans, Associative Professor, Docent Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D