Getting the balance right: qualitative evaluation of a holistic weight management intervention to address childhood obesity

Visram, Shelina, Hall, T. D. and Geddes, Lesley (2012) Getting the balance right: qualitative evaluation of a holistic weight management intervention to address childhood obesity. Journal of Public Health, 35 (2). pp. 246-254. ISSN 1741-3842

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Abstract

Background
Childhood obesity is linked to a range of health and social problems. Solutions include the delivery of appropriate weight management interventions for those aged 16 and under. The ‘Balance It! Getting the Balance Right’ programme appears to be effective for those who complete the intervention, but the non-completion rate remains high. A qualitative evaluation was undertaken to explore the views of key stakeholders in the programme and identify possible reasons for non-completion.

Methods
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 16 NHS and local authority staff, and with 20 children (aged 4–16 years) and their families. A mosaic methodology was used, involving visual and verbal techniques employed to enable children of all ages to take an active role in expressing their opinions.

Results
Key themes included the challenges of approaching overweight children; positive outcomes for some families; and issues relating to communication and coordination. Participants spoke positively about the multi-disciplinary approach of ‘Balance It!’, but felt it could better meet the needs of its target population.

Conclusions
Structured interventions help to ensure consistency and coherence in terms of approaches to childhood overweight and obesity. Whole family approaches may be most effective in enhancing the user experience.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A100 Pre-clinical Medicine
B400 Nutrition
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Public Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Shelina Visram
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 14:48
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 03:36
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9116

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