Latina Mothers’ Perceptions of Healthcare Professional Weight Assessments of Preschool-Aged Children

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To understand Latina mothers’ definitions of health and obesity in their children and perceptions of physician weight assessments. Mothers define health as a function of their child’s ability to play and engage in all aspects of life. Obesity was defined with declining physical abilities. Mothers state health care provider assessments help determine a child’s overweight status. Causative factors of obesity included family role-modeling and psycho-social stress, physical inactivity, and high-fat foods consumed outside the home.