Critique Of An Article Aimed At Obesity Prevention Within Preschool Children

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A critique of an article aimed at obesity prevention within preschool children (aged 3-6 years old) An article, published by ‘Health Promotion Journal of Australia’ discussed the results of a 10-month study focused on improving ‘Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS), increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, and reducing the consumption of unhealthy snacks’ (Zask et al. 2012, p. 10) within 18 community preschools of 3-6 year olds. Our perception of healthy eating is formed at an early age, and by commencing an early healthy eating and physical activity plan it will provide children with a good basis for adulthood. The aim of the study has been achieved by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and improving FMS which has led to a decrease in the children’s body mass index (BMI), an increase in fruit and vegetable serves in children’s lunchboxes, and improved physical activity skills (Zask et al. 2012, p. 13). The study has tried to minimise discrepancies in the data collected by using the same researchers to collect the data/measurements and by ensuring the control and intervention group were similar in socioeconomic status (Zask et al. 2012, p. 11). I felt the study was unable to monitor the fruit and vegetables consumed and physical activity, out of preschool hours. This information was obtained via a parent survey, which may be inaccurate, therefore may have impacted on the data collected. Overall I felt, the study has achieved its goal of promoting healthy eating

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