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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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FRONTZEK, Luciana Gaudio Martins; BERNARDES, Luana Rodrigues  and  MODENA, Celina Maria. Childhood obesity: understanding to better intervene. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2017, vol.23, n.2, pp. 167-174. ISSN 1809-6867.

The article aims to understand childhood obesity from the person who experiences, children and parents, to support effective interventions. The survey was conducted in Belo Horizonte with 10 families through individual interviews and groups from the perspective of complexity theory and phenomenology. Five thematic categories were built based on the narratives: the meaning of food - linked to the biomedical vision and the emotional and psychological elements; the social perception - a pejorative influence of childhood overweight prevails in everyday life - there are negative impacts in the fields of physical, emotional and social relationship with healthcare professionals, marked by charges, fears and misunderstandings and reasons for non-adherence to treatment - they are both implicit and explicit. We conclude that to understanding childhood obesity and to think of more effective interventions one must consider the meaning attributed to obesity, family relationships, socioeconomic conditions and all the elements that surround childhood obesity.

Keywords : Childhood obesity; Family relationships; Healthcare professionals; Phenomenology.

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