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dc.contributor.advisor Mashamba, T. J.
dc.contributor.advisor Skaal, L. Rammutla, Dineo Ornella 2020-01-15T09:31:58Z 2020-01-15T09:31:58Z 2019
dc.description Thesis (MPH.) -- University of Limpopo, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Worldwide, childhood obesity has increased over the past few decades. It has become a public health concern in South Africa and in many developing countries. The aim of the study was to determine the knowledge and perceptions of grade 10 and 11 learners towards obesity within Seshego Circuit of Capricorn District in Limpopo Province. Methods: A quantitative descriptive cross-sectional study design and stratified random sampling method was used in the selection of 194 learners from three (3) high schools. Data were analysed using SPSS v24.0 and both frequencies and inferential statistics were analysed. Results: Results from the study showed that 53% of learners were females and 47% were males. The mean score for knowledge was 4.2 ± 1.08 ranges from 1 to 6 and 92% (179/194) of learners were considered to be knowledgeable. There was no statistical significant association between knowledge and socio- demographic profiles of learners (p>0.05). Shared perception of obesity among learners include lack of self-control (90%); losing weight naturally (40%); being less attractive than other children (74%). Conclusion: The findings from the study revealed varied perceptions on obesity with most learners significantly knowledgeable. Programmes focusing on prevention of obesity among learners should be strengthened. en_US
dc.format.extent x, 60 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader en_US
dc.subject Childhood en_US
dc.subject Obesity en_US
dc.subject Knowledge en_US
dc.subject Perception en_US
dc.subject Learners en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Obesity in children en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Obesity -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh High school students -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.title Knowledge and perceptions amongst grade 10 and 11 learners towards obesity in Capricorn District, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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