Infrequent attention to dietary and physical activity behaviours in conversations in Swedish child health services

Acta Paediatr. 2013 May;102(5):520-4. doi: 10.1111/apa.12176. Epub 2013 Feb 12.


Aim: To investigate conversations between nurses and parents in Swedish child health services and to assess to what extent attention is directed towards dietary and physical activity behaviours in children.

Methods: Twenty-three nurses audio-recorded one session each. Recordings were assessed and topics were classified according to predetermined categories.

Results: The three most frequent topics of conversation concerned physical examinations of the child (30% of session time), talking to the child to establish or maintain contact and interest (15%), and development of language skills (12%). Dietary habits came on fourth place (10%), and physical activity ranked 14 (4%).

Conclusion: Attention to dietary and physical activity behaviours in children is infrequent in Swedish child health services. Concern is raised about the efficacy of prevention efforts against childhood obesity.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child Behavior*
  • Child Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diet*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurses / statistics & numerical data
  • Parents
  • Public Health Surveillance
  • Sweden