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Dimensional model for estimating factors influencing childhood obesity: path analysis based modeling.

Kheirollahpour M, Shohaimi S - ScientificWorldJournal (2014)

Bottom Line: Finally, a comprehensive model was devised to show how these factors relate to each other as well as to the body mass index (BMI) of the children simultaneously.Concerning the methodology of the current study, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was applied to reveal the hidden (secondary) effect of socioeconomic factors on feeding practice and ultimately on the weight status of the children and also to determine the degree of model fit.The comprehensive structural model tested in this study suggested that there are significant direct and indirect relationships among variables of interest.

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Affiliation: The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT
The main objective of this study is to identify and develop a comprehensive model which estimates and evaluates the overall relations among the factors that lead to weight gain in children by using structural equation modeling. The proposed models in this study explore the connection among the socioeconomic status of the family, parental feeding practice, and physical activity. Six structural models were tested to identify the direct and indirect relationship between the socioeconomic status and parental feeding practice general level of physical activity, and weight status of children. Finally, a comprehensive model was devised to show how these factors relate to each other as well as to the body mass index (BMI) of the children simultaneously. Concerning the methodology of the current study, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was applied to reveal the hidden (secondary) effect of socioeconomic factors on feeding practice and ultimately on the weight status of the children and also to determine the degree of model fit. The comprehensive structural model tested in this study suggested that there are significant direct and indirect relationships among variables of interest. Moreover, the results suggest that parental feeding practice and physical activity are mediators in the structural model.

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Measurement model for socioeconomic status before factor loading.
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fig1: Measurement model for socioeconomic status before factor loading.

Mentions: To provide evidence for construct validity of latent variables (socioeconomic status, parental feeding practice and physical activity), three separate CFA models were assessed. Only valuable indicators of each latent variable would be maintained in model by utilizing factor loading. The indicators of socioeconomic status were shown by measurement model in Figure 1. Each number on path represented the factor loading between socioeconomic factor (latent construct) and items.


Dimensional model for estimating factors influencing childhood obesity: path analysis based modeling.

Kheirollahpour M, Shohaimi S - ScientificWorldJournal (2014)

Measurement model for socioeconomic status before factor loading.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4109107&req=5

fig1: Measurement model for socioeconomic status before factor loading.
Mentions: To provide evidence for construct validity of latent variables (socioeconomic status, parental feeding practice and physical activity), three separate CFA models were assessed. Only valuable indicators of each latent variable would be maintained in model by utilizing factor loading. The indicators of socioeconomic status were shown by measurement model in Figure 1. Each number on path represented the factor loading between socioeconomic factor (latent construct) and items.

Bottom Line: Finally, a comprehensive model was devised to show how these factors relate to each other as well as to the body mass index (BMI) of the children simultaneously.Concerning the methodology of the current study, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was applied to reveal the hidden (secondary) effect of socioeconomic factors on feeding practice and ultimately on the weight status of the children and also to determine the degree of model fit.The comprehensive structural model tested in this study suggested that there are significant direct and indirect relationships among variables of interest.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT
The main objective of this study is to identify and develop a comprehensive model which estimates and evaluates the overall relations among the factors that lead to weight gain in children by using structural equation modeling. The proposed models in this study explore the connection among the socioeconomic status of the family, parental feeding practice, and physical activity. Six structural models were tested to identify the direct and indirect relationship between the socioeconomic status and parental feeding practice general level of physical activity, and weight status of children. Finally, a comprehensive model was devised to show how these factors relate to each other as well as to the body mass index (BMI) of the children simultaneously. Concerning the methodology of the current study, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was applied to reveal the hidden (secondary) effect of socioeconomic factors on feeding practice and ultimately on the weight status of the children and also to determine the degree of model fit. The comprehensive structural model tested in this study suggested that there are significant direct and indirect relationships among variables of interest. Moreover, the results suggest that parental feeding practice and physical activity are mediators in the structural model.

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