The association of the hydration status and parental knowledge on fluid consumption with children's weight status in Malaysia

Satvinder Kaur, Serene Tung, Dhivyalosini Maykanathan, Yi Yan Lim
2017 Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health  
Hydration and obesity play an important role in body weight regulation. Objective: To determine the association of hydration status and parental knowledge on fluid intake with the children's weight status in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. Method: A total of 207 children, 7-13 years of age, and their parents participated in this crosssectional study. Parental fluid consumption knowledge questionnaire and beverage questionnaire were used to assess parent's knowledge on fluid consumption and children's
more » ... id intake consumption, respectively. Body weight and height were measured and body mass index (BMI) was calculated. Results: A total of 24.7% of the children were overweight. Majority (78.7%) of the children were insufficiently hydrated while 78.7% parents had poor fluid consumption knowledge. Parental fluid consumption knowledge was associated with children's hydration status (χ 2 =47.788; p<0.001) as significantly more parents had good knowledge on fluid consumption when children were sufficiently hydrated (59%) compared to insufficiently hydrated (11%). Similarly, hydration status was associated with children's BMI (χ 2 =9.065; p=0.011) where significantly more overweight children were insufficiently hydrated (88.5%) compared to sufficiently hydrated children. _______________________________________
doi:10.4038/sljch.v46i3.8322 fatcat:mtavaa5kkzbjxoozlmsbyqqmue