“Fat Kids Are Adorable”: The Experiences of Mothers Caring for Overweight Children in Indonesia

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Abstract

This study aims to explore mothers’ experiences in caring for overweight children under five years of age. This study used a descriptive phenomenology approach, with in-depth interviews with ten mothers who had overweight children under five years of age (2–5 years) selected by purposive sampling. The data was then analyzed using thematic analysis based on Collaizi’s approach. This study produced eight themes illustrating that mothers were not only unaware of the children’s overweight condition, but even felt more pleased to have overweight kids. This caused mothers not to give the optimum effort in limiting their children’s food intake. The low awareness mothers had towards their children’s overweight condition indicated the need for an intervention program that focuses on overweight children under five years of age to empower the family and increase family awareness in managing obesity early.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-233
Number of pages8
JournalComprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing
Volume42
Issue numbersup1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Caring
  • children under five
  • mothers’ experience
  • overweight

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