Dr. Sharadha Ramesh

Vinayaka Mission’s College of Nursing, India

Title: Knowledge of mothers on childhood obesity


Introduction: A child with chubby cheeks is considered preferably healthy and normal. The targets of reduction of health problems are unachievable in young adults as one of the root causes is being overweight and undernutrition during childhood. India is undergoing a nutritional transition phase of malnutrition and obesity.

Aims: This study aimed to assess the knowledge of mothers on childhood obesity and to associate the selected demographic variables and knowledge on childhood obesity.

Methods and Materials: A pre-experimental pretest post-test study was conducted among mothers of primary age group children at selected schools in Pune city. Participants were selected conveniently.

Results: The majority of the participants (44.4%) were in the age group of 30- 35 years old and 58% had two children (n=250). Most of the participants (73.6%, n=250) had an average level of knowledge on childhood obesity. Childhood obesity prevention training was found to be effective among mothers of primary school children. The occupation of the mothers was significantly associated with the level of knowledge.

Discussion: Several factors are responsible for childhood obesity which includes nutrition, sedentary lifestyle and inadequate physical activities are preventable. Parental involvement in home-based prevention helps to tackle obesity in the early life of childhood.

Conclusion: Mother is the key person of the family who helps in the prevention of obesity in children. The positive correlation of pre-interventional and post-interventional knowledge levels of mothers signified well-acquainted knowledge about childhood obesity improved the level of practice.


Dr. Sharadha Ramesh is a Doctorate in the Faculty of Nursing from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai and an alumnus of the College of Nursing, CMCH, Vellore. She has 34 years of experience that include various cadres of Nursing Service, Education and Research. She has to her credit 67 Scopus research publications, books and chapters. She had been conferred various prestigious awards like Sigma Theta Tau – Eta Pi Research award 2008, USA, Best research paper award 2010 at International Nurses Conference by ICCR & Saskatchewan University Canada, Academic Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Research award 2013 from ICCR, Best research paper award in Worldwide Nursing Conference 2017, Singapore, Best Nurse Administrator 2019 & Best Nurse Educator 2020 Award conferred by TNAI, Pune. She has been heading the College as Principal for 15 years in premiere university colleges of India. At present working as a Professor cum Principal at Vinayaka Mission’s College of Nursing, Puducherry, India.