The impact of COVID-19 on rural treatment-seeking families with children with overweight or obesity
To examine the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural parental stress and family behaviors, parents who participated in a 2nd-4th grade pediatric obesity intervention completed a survey in May 2020. Parents (N = 77) experienced 7.8 ± 2.7 events on the COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scales (CEFIS) with an average impact of 2.5 ± 0.5, with many parents reporting moderate stress (73%). Parental stress was predictive of personal well-being getting “worse” while loss of income events were predictive of family routines getting “better.” Professionals working with rural families may want to assess for these factors when promoting positive changes in family health behaviors.
Children's Health Care
Diet; Nutrition; Physical Activity; Exercise; Stress; Coronavirus; SARS-COV2; Rural
Bethany Forseth, Kelsey M. Dean, Megan Murray, Haley J Killian, Dana Bakula, Rebecca E. Swinburn Romine, Kandace Fleming, Christie A Befort, Keisha M. England, Rohit Bhagat, Maheen Bangash, Meredith L. Dreyer Gillette, Eve-Lynn Nelson & Ann M Davis (2022) The impact of COVID-19 on rural treatment-seeking families with children with overweight or obesity, Children's Health Care, 51:3, 300-315, DOI: 10.1080/02739615.2022.2041419