Exploring the Potential of a School Impact on Pupil Weight Status: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Repeat Cross-Sectional Study of the National Child Measurement Programme.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11287/617975
Title:
Exploring the Potential of a School Impact on Pupil Weight Status: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Repeat Cross-Sectional Study of the National Child Measurement Programme.
Authors:
Williams, A. J.; Wyatt, K. M.; Williams, C. A.; Logan, Stuart; Henley, W. E.
Abstract:
Schools are common sites for obesity prevention interventions. Although many theories suggest that the school context influences weight status, there has been little empirical research. The objective of this study was to explore whether features of the school context were consistently and meaningfully associated with pupil weight status (overweight or obese). Exploratory factor analysis of routinely collected data on 319 primary schools in Devon, England, was used to identify possible school-based contextual factors. Repeated cross-sectional multilevel analysis of five years (2006/07-2010/11) of data from the National Child Measurement Programme was then used to test for consistent and meaningful associations. Four school-based contextual factors were derived which ranked schools according to deprivation, location, resource and prioritisation of physical activity. None of which were meaningfully and consistently associated with pupil weight status, across the five years. The lack of consistent associations between the factors and pupil weight status suggests that the school context is not inherently obesogenic. In contrast, incorporating findings from education research indicates that schools may be equalising weight status, and obesity prevention research, policy and practice might need to address what is happening outside schools and particularly during the school holidays.
Citation:
Exploring the Potential of a School Impact on Pupil Weight Status: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Repeat Cross-Sectional Study of the National Child Measurement Programme. 2015, 10 (12):e0145128 PLoS ONE
Publisher:
PLoS
Journal:
PloS One
Issue Date:
23-Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11287/617975
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0145128
PubMed ID:
26700027
Additional Links:
http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0145128
Note:
This article is freely available online via Open Access. Click on the 'Additional Link' above to access the full-text via the publisher's site.
Type:
Journal Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1932-6203
Appears in Collections:
2015 RD&E publications; Paediatrics

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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, A. J.en
dc.contributor.authorWyatt, K. M.en
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, C. A.en
dc.contributor.authorLogan, Stuarten
dc.contributor.authorHenley, W. E.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-05T08:34:09Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-05T08:34:09Z-
dc.date.issued2015-12-23-
dc.identifier.citationExploring the Potential of a School Impact on Pupil Weight Status: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Repeat Cross-Sectional Study of the National Child Measurement Programme. 2015, 10 (12):e0145128 PLoS ONEen
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203-
dc.identifier.pmid26700027-
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0145128-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11287/617975-
dc.description.abstractSchools are common sites for obesity prevention interventions. Although many theories suggest that the school context influences weight status, there has been little empirical research. The objective of this study was to explore whether features of the school context were consistently and meaningfully associated with pupil weight status (overweight or obese). Exploratory factor analysis of routinely collected data on 319 primary schools in Devon, England, was used to identify possible school-based contextual factors. Repeated cross-sectional multilevel analysis of five years (2006/07-2010/11) of data from the National Child Measurement Programme was then used to test for consistent and meaningful associations. Four school-based contextual factors were derived which ranked schools according to deprivation, location, resource and prioritisation of physical activity. None of which were meaningfully and consistently associated with pupil weight status, across the five years. The lack of consistent associations between the factors and pupil weight status suggests that the school context is not inherently obesogenic. In contrast, incorporating findings from education research indicates that schools may be equalising weight status, and obesity prevention research, policy and practice might need to address what is happening outside schools and particularly during the school holidays.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPLoSen
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0145128en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to PloS Oneen
dc.subjectWessex Classification Subject Headings::Paediatricsen
dc.titleExploring the Potential of a School Impact on Pupil Weight Status: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Repeat Cross-Sectional Study of the National Child Measurement Programme.en
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.journalPloS Oneen
dc.description.noteThis article is freely available online via Open Access. Click on the 'Additional Link' above to access the full-text via the publisher's site.en
dc.type.versionPublisheden
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