Children’s Physical Activity Awareness among Mothers in a Saudi Arabian Health Center
Dr. Maysah Amer,
Family Medicine Physician, Department of Family Medicne, Prince Sulatan Military Medical City, Riyadh-12233, Saudi Arabia.
Introduction: Physical inactivity is a major contributor to the increasing levels of obesity and other serious medical conditions among children and adolescents worldwide. A major factor in this increase is lack of awareness of mothersâ€™ regarding the Physical Activity (PA) of their children.
Aim: The current study aimed to identify the degree of knowledge and awareness of Saudi mothersâ€™ regarding their childrenâ€™s physical activities, which will be useful for improving physical education, health programs, and eventually children's health care.
Materials and Methods: A total of 342 mothers attending a vaccination clinic, well-baby, or womenâ€™s health clinic participated in the study, in which questionnaire was used to assess the awareness regarding PA.
Results: The majority of mothers agreed that they have a crucial role in motivating their children to engage in PA, but was not aware of current recommendations.
Conclusion: Awareness of Saudi mothersâ€™ regarding their childrenâ€™s PA was exceedingly low. Creating awareness of childrenâ€™s PA is essential.