Perceptions of exercise in obese school-aged children.

Pi Hsia Lee, Hsiang Ru Lai, Yu-Hua Chou, Lu-I Chang, Wen Ying Chang

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although the prevalence of obesity continues to increase worldwide, information related to obese school-aged children's perceptions of exercise remains limited. PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore perceptions of exercise held by obese school-aged children. METHODS: This study used a qualitative research design. Using purposive sampling, 11 obese students who were 11 to 13 years old, currently enrolled at two primary schools, and in the precontemplation stage were recruited from a total population of 1,714 to participate in the study. An interview guide with five open-ended questions was used to guide focus group discussions. Data were analyzed using content analysis to identify significant themes. RESULTS: Six themes emerged from collected data, including (a) positive impressions about doing exercise, (b) recognition of negative effects associated with not doing exercise, (c) feelings of discomfort after exercise, (d) self-ambivalence, (e) false beliefs about exercise, and (f) making excuses for not doing exercise. CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Study findings provided information giving a better understanding of exercise perceptions among obese children. Such may be used to assist obese children to increase exercise levels as part of efforts to improve health in this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-178
Number of pages9
JournalThe journal of nursing research : JNR
Volume17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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Lee, P. H., Lai, H. R., Chou, Y-H., Chang, L-I., & Chang, W. Y. (2009). Perceptions of exercise in obese school-aged children. The journal of nursing research : JNR, 17(3), 170-178.