A Preliminary Study of the Meanings Children Attach to Healthy and Unhealthy Lifestyles
The preliminary study reported here explored meanings children attach to healthfulness and unhealthfulness. Focus groups were conducted to collect qualitative data on these topics from 64 children aged 5 to 12 years. Data were analyzed for key themes, and a model of children's logic about healthfulness and unhealthfulness was developed. Among participants, behavioral antecedents related to food intake, exercise participation, and hygiene habits were seen as linked to well-being and appearance outcomes. Findings point to a need for developmentally appropriate educational programming that underscores varied ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and promotes the healthfulness and beauty of diverse bodies.
Ogle, J. P., Baker, S. S., Carroll, J. B., & Butki, B. D. (2007). A Preliminary Study of the Meanings Children Attach to Healthy and Unhealthy Lifestyles. The Journal of Extension, 45(5), Article 6. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss5/6