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Table 2 CHC-nurses’ conceptions of childhood overweight in Child Health Care (CHC)

From: Swedish Child Health Care nurses conceptions of overweight in children: a qualitative study

Categories of description Conceptions
Perception of childhood overweight changes Acceptance of children’s excess weight
Health seems less important than appearance
Overweight in younger children a neglected concern Minimisation of the concern for younger children
Emphasis mainly on diet
Overweight a delicate issue Overweight a sensitive subject
Overweight in children a provoking concern
Importance of family lifestyle Consequences of parents stressed lifestyle
Economic conditions and low education level as contributing factors
Preferences differ in socio-culture
Awareness of the problem
Problem of setting boundaries