Dietary and physical activity patterns: Examining fathers? perspectives

Julia A. Snethen, Marion E. Broome, Sheryl Kelber, Sandra Leicht, Jackie Joachim, Maribeth Goretzke

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PURPOSE. Obesity adversely affects children, yet limited information is available on the familial environmental influence of fathers. The purpose of this study was to examine fathers? influences on their children?s eating and activity patterns. DESIGN AND METHODS. Participants for this mixed methods study was a convenience sample of 51 multi-ethnic fathers of children 8-12 years of age, who completed surveys addressing dietary and physical activity behaviors. RESULTS. An association was found between fathers? and children?s weight status. Half the children snacked without parental guidance. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Nurses need to assist children and their families to develop effective weight management strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008


  • Childhood obesity, father, obesity, perception of weight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Medicine(all)

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    Snethen, J. A., Broome, M. E., Kelber, S., Leicht, S., Joachim, J., & Goretzke, M. (2008). Dietary and physical activity patterns: Examining fathers? perspectives. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13(3), 201-211.