Exploring Family Meals, Sleep and Media Use as Predictors of Childhood Overweight and Obese Status in Oklahoma: A Study from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health

Holmes, Ahondju Umadjela
Golman, Mandy
Wiginton, Kristin
Amuta, Ann
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The alarming and sustained prevalence of childhood overweight/obese status in the United States continues to generate research studies on risk factors and prevention approaches. Despite previous and current public health interventions in the U.S., Oklahoma ranks the 6th worst state in obesity with a third of children between 10 to 17 years being overweight or obese and one in five high school students being obese. This study analyzed a representative subsample of 347 participants from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) to determine which risk factors (family meals, sleep, and media use) were the most significant at predicting childhood overweight/obese status (DV) in Oklahoma. None of the predictors was determined to be the significant risk factor in predicting childhood overweight/obese status, which could be either that all predictors equally predict childhood overweight/obese status or that other factors related to the study design affected the results of this study. (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mandy Golman)

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