The Dietary Self-Efficacy Changes in Children of Obese Patients Enrolled In a Parent-Only Weight-Loss Program

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  • Mehmet Cenk Belibağlı Adana City Training and Research Hospital, Family Medicine
  • Kübra IRDAY Adana City Training and Research Hospital, Pediatrics



dietary self-efficacy, childhood obesity, obesity, weight loss


Background: In families, reports indicate that parents have an essential role in improving the weight-related behaviors of the children. The study aimed to present the changes in dietary self-efficacy improvement in the children of parents involved in a weight-loss program.

Materials and Methods: The study design was cross-sectional and analyzed the potential links between the dietary self-efficacy reports of children and their weight-losing parents’ data. The Children’s Dietary Self-efficacy Scale (DSES) was used in the nutritional self-appraisal assessment. The scales were recorded at the beginning and at the end of the third month of a weight-loss program in which the parents were enrolled.

Results: There were 173 DSES report pairs available for comparison with parent data. The statistical analysis revealed significant associations between the before and after mean parent BMI and children BMIz values (38.43±5.72, 33.26±5.19, p<0.001, and 0.36±1.12, 0.25±1.16, p=0.007, respectively). The employment status and smoking data of the parents were positively correlated with the change in the total DSES scores of the children (p=0.016 and p=0.043, respectively).

Conclusion: Professionals attending nutritional improvement practices for children might achieve better results if employment status and smoking issues of their obese parents were added to their agenda. 


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Belibağlı, M. C., & IRDAY, K. (2022). The Dietary Self-Efficacy Changes in Children of Obese Patients Enrolled In a Parent-Only Weight-Loss Program. GEVHER NESIBE JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, 7(20), 140–146.