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Open Access Highly Accessed Research article

Self discipline and obesity in Bangkok school children

Chutima Sirikulchayanonta*, Wasoontara Ratanopas, Paradee Temcharoen and Suwat Srisorrachatr

Author Affiliations

Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University. 420/1 Rajvithi Road, Rajthevi district, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11:158  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-158

Published: 10 March 2011

Abstract

Background

Childhood obesity has become an important public health problem in Thailand. This study aimed to determine the relationship between self discipline and obesity in Bangkok school children.

Methods

A case control study was conducted. 140 cases (obese children) and 140 controls (normal weight children) were randomly chosen from grades 4-6 students in 4 Bangkok public schools. Questionnaire responses regarding general characteristics and child self-discipline were obtained from children and their parents.

Results

Self discipline in eating habits, money management and time management were reported at significantly lower levels among the obese group (p < 0.05). After controlling all other variables, it was revealed that the ranking of factors associated with obesity by adjusted odds ratio (OR) were low self-discipline in managing expenses (3.1), poor home environment (3.0,), moderate self-discipline in time management (2.9), television viewing time ≥2 hours/day (2.6), an obese father (2.2), and an obese mother (1.9).

Conclusions

It was recommended that parents and teachers participate in child self-discipline guidance, particularly with regard to eating habits, money management and time management in a supportive environment that both facilitates prevention of obesity and simultaneously develops a child's personal control.