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Subject/Keyword
overweight
children
leadership
life skills
obesity
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Ferland, Adam R
Supervisor and department
Veugelers, Paul (Public Health Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Veugelers, Paul (Public Health Sciences)
Carroll, Linda (Public Health Sciences)
Storey, Kate (Public Health Sciences)
Gleddie, Doug (Elementary Education)
Department
Department of Public Health Sciences
Specialization
Epidemiology
Date accepted
2013-08-29T09:54:28Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Childhood obesity has risen dramatically over recent decades in Canada, attributed largely to increasingly obesogenic environments. Our understanding of obesity now recognizes its complex ecological etiology, yet life skills – critical to how children engage with their surroundings – have been overlooked. The provincially representative 2012 REAL Kids Alberta survey of grade 5 students and their parents included novel questions assessing leadership skills of students according to the 7 habits model of The Leader in Me, which aligns well with life skills. This thesis investigates the validity of these leadership questions, and the associations between leadership, as a model of life skills, and children’s health behaviours – diet quality, physical activity, and sleep duration – and bodyweight status. Results indicate that leadership is strongly associated with diet quality and physical activity in children, and should be a priority for understanding and addressing the obesity epidemic and the health of children.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3T98F
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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