Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Committee Member

Cheryl Bowles

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Pediatric obesity is a growing problem with potential for lifelong physical, emotional, and social implications. Professional nurses have a moral imperative to be concerned about pediatric obesity. Because nursing theorist Barnard considers parent and child to be an interactive system, it is essential that nurses begin by assessing the parental perception of their child's weight. Only after a parent recognizes their obese child's weight as a problem can nursing successfully intervene and assist the child; The purpose of this replication study was to assess parental perception of their obese 2-5 year old children in Southern Nevada. The sample consisted of 39 parents of 2-5 year old obese children enrolled in two Southern Nevada WIC programs. When parent's perceptions of their child's obesity were assessed using a questionnaire developed by Myers & Vargas (2000) it was found that 61.5% of these parents were not aware that their child was obese. In 2000 the same questionnaire had been administered to a similar population in Virginia, that study found that 35% of parents did not believe their obese child was obese.


Obesity; Parental; Pediatric; Perceptions

Controlled Subject

Nursing; Public health; Epidemiology

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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