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Dimensional model for estimating factors influencing childhood obesity: path analysis based modeling


Kheirollahpour, Maryam and Shohaimi, Shamarina (2014) Dimensional model for estimating factors influencing childhood obesity: path analysis based modeling. The Scientific World Journal, 2014. art. no. 512148. pp. 1-13. ISSN 2356-6140; ESSN: 1537-744X


The main objective of this study is to identify and develop a comprehensive model which estimates and evaluates the overall relations among the factors that lead to weight gain in children by using structural equation modeling. The proposed models in this study explore the connection among the socioeconomic status of the family, parental feeding practice, and physical activity. Six structural models were tested to identify the direct and indirect relationship between the socioeconomic status and parental feeding practice general level of physical activity, and weight status of children. Finally, a comprehensive model was devised to show how these factors relate to each other as well as to the body mass index (BMI) of the children simultaneously. Concerning the methodology of the current study, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was applied to reveal the hidden (secondary) effect of socioeconomic factors on feeding practice and ultimately on the weight status of the children and also to determine the degree of model fit. The comprehensive structural model tested in this study suggested that there are significant direct and indirect relationships among variables of interest. Moreover, the results suggest that parental feeding practice and physical activity are mediators in the structural model.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/512148
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Keywords: Weight gain; Children; Structural equation modeling; Body mass index
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 12:41
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 13:37
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/37111
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