Effectiveness of Obesity Simulations and a Fear Message on Parent Attitudes to Childhood Obesity


“A pilot test was conducted late last year to test the effectiveness of the APRIL® obesity simulations on people’s attitudes toward obesity prevention in young children. Participants included 9 mothers of children aged between 6-12 years. Children were of any weight because the study incorporated a primary prevention approach to obesity management (i.e. any child regardless of their weight can benefit from obesity prevention education). Parents were randomly assigned to one of two groups: a Simulation Plus Education presentation (n=5), or an Education Only presentation (n=4). The Simulation presentation involved a short slide show presentation providing educational information on childhood obesity, nutrition and physical activity…”

Edith Cowan University, Western Australia