The current study examined rates of overweight and obesity among children attending schools for the deaf, including factors associated with greater prevalence of overweight. Further, interviews were conducted with school staff to assess school perceptions of overweight and weight management. Although prevalence of overweight and obesity was high (approximately 28%), this rate was not greater than that of youth in the general population, and body mass index was higher among females. Several themes regarding factors contributing to overweight among deaf children, barriers for weight management, and possible components for weight management interventions emerged in interviews with school staff.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology