The growing prevalence of overweight among today's youth is an area of concern in public health. Prevention efforts to address child and adolescent overweight could include primary care services.
This article describes a study that explored parent perceptions of primary care services for children at risk for overweight and obesity. Participants were 446 parents of children between 2 and 12 years of age who had a body mass index (BMI) higher than the 85th percentile. Parents were interviewed by telephone and asked questions about satisfaction with care, receipt of nutrition and physical activity counseling, and quality of counseling.
Primary care services could serve alongside other strategies, such as reducing television viewing, in prevention efforts targeted at child overweight and obesity.