Faculty Advisor

Catherina Chang-Martinez


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Start Date

30-3-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

30-3-2016 10:00 AM


Session 1

Session Topic



Childhood obesity is a highly prevalent disease in the U.S. where roughly 17% of all American children are overweight/obese. Childhood obesity leads to harmful physical, mental and social consequences in the child’s daily/future life. There are multiple determinants that factor in childhood obesity, with one being parental misperception. The purpose of this study is to measure the prevalence of obesity in children ages 3-5 years old attending childcare centers in Miami-Dade County and to specifically understand the correlation between childhood obesity and parental misperception. We will be recruiting participants from childcare centers (n=53) from different socioeconomic locations in Miami-Dade County. The parent participants will be asked to complete surveys, including questions on their demographics along with information on eating habits, parental and child weights, and parental perception of their children’s’ weights. We will be measuring the children’s body mass index after informed consent obtained from the parents. We hypothesize that the prevalence of childhood obesity has remained constant over recent years and that there is a correlation between parental misperception and childhood obesity. This study is of significance in the area of obesity prevention since recent data has been lacking on the prevalence of obesity in young children in the Miami-Dade county area. This project is innovative since the research addresses parental perception with the inclusion of drawings representing the weight status of the children.

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Mar 30th, 9:00 AM Mar 30th, 10:00 AM

Pediatric Obesity in Child Care Centers in Miami-Dade County

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