Parental influence on obesity in northern plains American Indian youth

Christiana L. Ricci, Blakely D. Brown, Curtis Noonan, Kari Jo Harris, Laura Dybdal, Martin Parker, Shannon Gress

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Little is known regarding American Indian (AI) parental influence on children's diet and physical activity (PA), or if this influence is associated with childhood weight. We compared AI parents diet, PA, and support for these behaviors with the child's body mass index. Scores for parental support of positive PA and diet were higher among parents of overweight/obese children. Parent PA and nutrition behaviors were in a similar, but not significant, direction with respect to child body mass index. Findings suggest that future research is needed to determine what parental, societal, or community variables influence AI children to engage in healthy eating and PA, especially if they are overweight or obese, and the age at which these variables would have the most impact on these behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • American Indian
  • children
  • diet
  • parent support
  • physical activity


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