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Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, ISSN: 2320-0227,Vol.: 16, Issue.: 4


Psychological Aspects of Obese Primary School Children Pre- and [email protected] Intervention Programme: A Pilot Study


Zahari Ishak1*, Low Suet Fin2, Liaw Sze Ying3, Muhammmad Yazid Jalaludin4, Fuziah Md Zain5, Abdul Halim Mohktar6, Rusidah Selamat7 and Wan Nazaimoon Wan Mohamud7

1Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), ASEAN Road Safety Centre, Lot 125-135, Jalan TKS 1, Taman Kajang Sentral, 43000 Kajang, Selangor D.E., Malaysia.

3University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

4Department of Paediatrics, University Malaya Medical Centre, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

5Department of Pediatrics, Putrajaya Hospital, Precint 7, 62250 Putrajaya, Malaysia.

6Sports Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

7The Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Nutrition Centre, Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Article Information
(1) Sarah Cuschieri , Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta, Malta.
(1) Michael Chen, California State University, USA.
(2) Luciana de Barros Correia Fontes, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil.
(3) Oguz Ozcelik, Firat University, Turkey.
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Childhood obesity has been seen as a public health challenge in most of the developed and developing countries including Malaysia. This is due to the fact that childhood obesity can result in long term negative effect during adulthood. Thus, early intervention at the primary school stage is essential to prevent obese children from growing up into obese adults. The objective of this study was to analyse the psychological aspects of the obese students during pre- and post-intervention of the [email protected], a school-based intervention program to combat obesity among children. The respondents comprised of 67 apparently healthy overweight and obese students aged 9-11 years old with BMI above the 85th percentile according to the WHO BMI chart. Stirling Children’s Wellbeing Scale was used to measure the constructs of positive outlook, positive emotional state and social desirability. Correlation between positive outlook, positive emotional state and social desirability was significantly higher during post-intervention compared to pre-intervention. This finding is crucial as strengthening the wellbeing of the respondents can sustain their involvement in the program. The findings further strengthened the evidence of positive impact of a school-based intervention program which incorporated physical, nutrition and psychological components.

Keywords :

Childhood obesity; positive outlook; positive emotional state and social desirability.

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DOI : 10.9734/JSRR/2017/36285

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