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Mixed methods study
Child health nurses miss opportunities to tackle obesity
  1. Kirsten Davison
  1. Departments of Nutrition and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Kirsten Davison, Departments of Nutrition and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Building 2, Rm 331, Boston, MA 02115, USA; kdavison{at}hsph.harvard.edu

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Implications for practice and research

  • Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses are in an ideal position to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours in early life.

  • While nurses regularly provide support on healthy infant feeding practices, additional training and educational materials are needed to promote active play and limited screen use in children.

  • Future research should assess the efficacy of integrating obesity prevention practices into MCH nursing on children's growth trajectories using a design that balances scientific rigour and real-world application.

Context

Researchers and funding agencies have historically endorsed highly structured and scientifically rigorous interventions to prevent childhood obesity.1 In this model, children and families who enrol in family-based obesity interventions typically receive a …

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