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Lee, Park, Kim, Shim, and Hwang: A Qualitative Study on the Potential Utilization of a Mobile Phone for Obesity Management in Elementary-School Children : Parents Perspective



This study was conducted to investigate the current difficulties surrounding children's obesity management and evaluate the application of a mobile phone as a tool to overcome such difficulties of obesity management from the perspective of main caregivers of elementary school students.


The qualitative data were collected through 3 focus group interviews including 6 full-time housewives, 7 mothers with overweight children, and 4 working mothers. Data were analyzed using a thematic approach.


The limitations of current children's obesity management included difficulty in diet management and exercise as well as challenges of setting goals and lack of support at the household and school levels. Mobile technology may be useful to overcome the current problems by providing real-time knowledge on diet management and physical activity, online compensation scheme according to goal setting, and interactive environmental supports at both household and school levels for promoting overall health.


The mobile-based multiple support program may assist in overcoming the current limitations of child obesity management by providing tailored information and by creating a more supportive environment.

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General characteristics of participants

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Potential application of a mobile phone as a tool to overcome the difficulties of obesity management in elementary school students from the perspective of parents



This research was supported by the R&D Program for Society of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (Grant number : NRF-2013M3C8A2A01078464 & NRF-2014M3C8A2A01070970)


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Bo Young Lee

Mi-Young Park

Kirang Kim

Jea Eun Shim

Ji-Yun Hwang

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