OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY INTERVENTIONS AND PREVENTION STRATEGIES
Aim To determine what secondary schoolchildren in
Jordan want from overweight and obesity intervention
strategies and prevention programmes.
Method A school-based, cross-sectional study using
a quantitative design was carried out during October
2014. The participants were secondary schoolchildren
in grades 11 and 12. Data were analysed using SPSS
program version 17. Percentages, standard deviations
and means were computed.
Findings The main suggestions were for programmes
at school, during school hours (962, 85.4%),
followed by one that involved family and friends
(951, 84.5%), and a programme at a convenient
time free of charge (919, 81.6%). The students also
suggested many strategies to tackle overweight and
obesity, such as: taking more physical exercise
(925, 82.1%), increasing consumption of more
fruit and vegetables (712, 63.2%) eating less fast
food (689, 61.2%).
Conclusion Schools, families, health providers and
community organisations should encourage students
to adopt healthy lifestyles, and facilitate their selection
and participation in health programmes.