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Resiliency in the Obesogenic Environment: An Exploration of Family Sense of Coherence as a Protective Factor
AuthorHayes, Jenna T.
AdvisorBurnham, Melissa M.
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With one in every three children ages 2 to 19 and one in every five ages 2 to 5 being obese or overweight (Ogden et al., 2010), research efforts have focused on the risk factors and potential causes of childhood obesity as well as the resulting damage of what has been deemed the "obesity epidemic." Despite the overwhelming influence of the obesogenic environment, many families have remained resilient and maintain their children's healthy weights. Little research has been done to discover what protective factors exist in the family environment of this resilient population. The current study considered the potential role of Family Sense of Coherence (FSOC) as a protective factor in relation to child Body Mass Index (BMI) percentiles. No significant predictive relationship between FSOC and child BMI percentiles was found. Future research should continue to consider the role of protective factors in the family environment such as a conscious awareness of childhood obesity and a family's attitudes regarding comprehensibility, manageability, and meaningfulness of combating the obesogenic environment.