Social Ecological Barriers for Healthy Eating of Obese Children and Their Caregivers in Low-income Families in South Korea

Jiyoung Park, Gill A. ten Hoor*, Suyon Baek, Seolhyang Baek, Ja-Yin Lee, Hyunju Lee

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In this qualitative study, the focus is on healthy eating in children from low-income families who visit a Community Child Care center (CCC) in South Korea. Barriers for healthy eating were identified using focus group interviews with low-income overweight and obese children and their caregivers and applying a social ecological model as well as the framework analysis for qualitative data. The need for theory- and evidence-based health promotion interventions is indicated, at the level of the family, but also at the level of collaboration among all stakeholders, as well as multi-level policy changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-541
Number of pages17
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Issue number4
Early online date17 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2021


  • Feeding behavior
  • focus group interview
  • health status disparities
  • pediatric obesity
  • social ecological model

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