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In This Module:

Extent of the Problem

Behavioral Factors

A Day in the Life


Child Behavior


Parent/Adult Behavior


Strategies for Change


Course Project - Part 1 - Assessing Behavioral Factors

Environmental Factors

P.E.R. Factors

Module 2 Wrap-Up

Behavioral Factors

This section reviews the specific eating and activity behaviors of children and parents/adults that research has linked to increased risk of childhood obesity.

You are probably familiar with many of the behavioral factors relevant to excessive child weight gain, such as kids drinking too much soda or parents allowing a TV in children's bedrooms. Some health interventions simply stop here and address these individual behaviors. However, in an ecological approach, identifying these behaviors is only the first step in assessing the causes of the problem and setting the targets for intervention.


After completing this section, you should be able to:

  • List key child and adult behaviors contributing to excessive weight gain in children
  • Identify specific child and adult behaviors to focus on for preventing childhood obesity in your community

Suggested Learning Path

Scenario Scenario: A Day in the Life
Follow Nick and Miguel through a typical day in their lives.

Resource Resource: Child Behavior
Explore some of the immediate behavioral contributors to excessive weight gain in children.

Utility Utility: Parent/Adult Behavior
Here are some parent and adult strategies for promoting healthy eating and active living in children.

Utility Utility: Strategies for Change
Print this summary of child behaviors to target and recommended strategies.

Evaluation Evaluation: Course Project - Part 1 - Assessing Behavioral Factors (Required)
What are the child and adult behaviors that may be contributing to excessive weight gain among children in your community?

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